The National Board provides overall direction to the World Affairs Councils of America.
A. Alex Lari, a New York University graduate holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering, heads The Claremont Group. His experience is equally divided between construction projects and real estate development. As a principal of a group of construction firms he co-founded in the 1970’s, Mr. Lari built large-scale industrial and residential projects. In 1979, he formed The Claremont Group, which soon developed successful residential real estate projects in New York. The Group later diversified into hotel, commercial real estate, and design. Mr. Lari was awarded the 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for outstanding citizenship, individual achievement, and encouragement of cultural unity. Mr. Lari is on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America. He is also a Director of the Foreign Policy Association.