Board of Directors

The World Affairs Council is governed by a Board of Directors representing many diverse communities in the region interested in world affairs, foreign policy, international trade, national security, and international cooperation and development. Board Members volunteer their time to provide strategic direction and support to the World Affairs Council.

Current Board of Trustees Members:


  • Jean-David Larson,  Russell Investments

Vice Chair

  • Thao Hong, The Boeing Company


  • John Comerford, United States Retirement Corporation


  • Alicia Austin,  Aero Law


  • Kristi Branch, Battelle/PNNL
  • Aaron Brown, Community Member
  • Andrew Cushman, Microsoft Corporation
  • Miriam Farhi, Perkins Coie LLP
  • Gladys Gillis, Starline Luxury Coaches
  • Mark Kammerer, Holland America
  • Robert Kettle, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
  • Ellen Lettvin, Pacific Science Center
  • Ron Masnik, Consul of Belgium
  • Roger Meece, Former U.S. Ambassador to Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Fraser Mendel, Mendel Owens PS
  • Chris NeVan, BAJ Capital, LLC
  • Tamara Power-Drutis, Crosscut
  • Elizabeth Scallon, CoMotion Incubator
  • Jennifer Spatz, Global Family Travel
  • Joella Werlin, Community Member


  • Winona Rennick, The Max Foundation