Sandy Clark, Acting President & CEO
Sandy Clark is the Acting President & CEO at the World Affairs Council. A graduate of Seattle University, Sandy received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a masters degree in public administration. She brings a long history of nonprofit management experience to the Council with a focus on fundraising, program development, and community engagement. Prior to joining the Council, Sandy was the Director of Advancement at Landesa, a global non-governmental organization committed to reducing rural poverty through the power of secure land rights. A few other positions Sandy has held over the past 25+ years include: director of strategic initiative for the Workforce Development Council, policy adviser to the Governor of Washington, college and high school educator and director of foundations and corporate relations at Hopelink.
Sandy’s community volunteerism is global and her international travel extensive. She has visited well over 30 countries and is actively engaged in the international community serving on various boards and committees. She is a trustee for the Namaste Children’s Fund, Board Emeritus at Antioch University Seattle, and steering committee member for the Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference. After completing college in the early eighties, Sandy embarked on a 6 month solo cycling and hiking trip through New Zealand. This inspired future explorations including a year long sabbatical in 2005 to travel around the world to visit remote regions in Asia and Africa. At her home in Seattle she has been a host to numerous international visitors.
Her passion is in building a global community that transcends from education into action. As the Acting President & CEO of the World Affairs Council, Clark will continue to increase the global affairs platform in Seattle as a catalyst for change through education, collaboration and positive impact. 206-441-5910 ext. 308 Email Sandy here.
Majd Baniodeh, Program Engagement Manager
Majd moved to Seattle from the West Bank, in 2005, in search for both educational and professional opportunities. Majd coordinated several cultural and fundraising events for the Seattle University campus. While a student at Seattle University, Majd demonstrated a dedication to raising awareness about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and helped build workshops that foster love, tolerance and equality.
She gained her professional experience over the years from having served as the Program Coordinator for Young Women Empowered, where she helped shape the mentorship/leadership program and helped create networking and fundraising events.
Majd was an integral part of the success of USAID/AED Project AIDE in Djibouti, where she helped interpret dialogues, documents and conversations for data collection and research purposes.
Majd aims to build a career in the international relations field and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Women’s Studies from Seattle University. 206-441-5910 ext. 309 Email Majd here.
Tese Wintz Neighbor, Senior Director of Professional Development
Tese Wintz Neighbor has traveled extensively around the world, especially Asia. Tese lived in China from 1981-1983 working in Beijing as the English editor for China Pictorial magazine as well as teaching English at Beijing University.
Tese holds a Masters degree in China Regional Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. She has worked as an adjunct Asian history instructor at Seattle-area colleges and currently teaches an intensive East Asia Seminar class for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, based at UW. She has led more than fifty educational tours to Asia and has published articles in the Asia Wall Street Journal and Education About Asia; she has also written numerous curriculums on China. Tese is the Senior Director of Professional Development for the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom Program, where she has worked since 1999. 206-441-5910 ext. 311 Email Tese here.
Laura Adriance, Director of Youth Programming
Laura Adriance serves as Director of Youth Programming for the World Affairs Council’s Global Classroom program. Laura has worked as an educator in a variety of settings. She taught elementary school in both New York and Washington and worked with future teachers in the University of Washington’s teacher education program. And, as part of her Peace Corps service, she conducted professional development for teachers in rural Namibia. Laura grew up in New Jersey and earned her bachelors degree at Drew University, with one semester spent studying abroad in Cannes, France. She holds a Masters degree in elementary education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in education from the University of Washington. Given her own experiences as a classroom teacher, Laura is particularly passionate about supporting teachers in their efforts to help students learn about the world beyond our borders and truly become global citizens. 206-441-5910 ext. 312 Email Laura here.
Nathan Sharpe, Community Engagement Coordinator
Nathan began his time at the World Affairs Council in January 2011 as a Global Classroom intern. He served as an intern for nine short months before joining the staff as a Program Assistant. He has been connecting with teachers by helping administer the bi-monthly email newsletter and by assisting with the Educational Gaming Initiative, especially by organizing the Games Without Borders Youth Challenge. Before Joining the World Affairs Council, Nathan graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2009. While attending Puget Sound, he was able to cement his appreciation for international relations by studying the history of the European Union in Freiburg, Germany and by visiting EU institutions in eight other countries. Nathan hopes he can use his organizational abilities to further Global Classroom’s capacity to authentically connect teachers to global resources and to make a foothold for the Seattle area in the field of educational gaming. 206-441-5910 ext. 307 Email Nathan here.
Amy Lutterloh, Program Assistant
Amy Lutterloh is the Program Assistant for Global Classroom. She began as an intern at the World Affairs Council in September of 2012 and currently works to plan and implement professional development and youth leadership programs. Amy has also assisted with several Community Programs events in her time at the Council. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington and enjoys learning about all topics surrounding global issues. Amy has volunteered with the YWCA of Pierce County and interned for Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. When she is not reading books on global topics, she enjoys running, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Amy hopes to travel abroad one day to volunteer with an NGO in a developing country that works to break the cycle of poverty and learn more about the cultures and societies of the world. 206-441-5910 ext. 317 Email Amy here.
International Visitor Program
Rachel Paris-Lambert, Senior Program Officer
Rachel Paris-Lambert joined the World Affair Council’s International Visitor Program from World Learning in Washington, DC, where she worked on the IVLP program as a senior program associate. Rachel received her M.A. in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in anthropology from Whitman College and has a passion for global citizenship and experiential learning. Prior to joining World Learning, Rachel worked for the Fulbright Commission in Bogota, Colombia and was the assistant field office coordinator for Semester at Sea’s Fall 2008 voyage. Rachel has also led several international programs for high school students in Central America and spent a number of years teaching and coordinating environmental education programs in Maine and Wyoming. In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing and exploring outside, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. 206-441-5910 ext. 319 Email Rachel here.
Emily Peters, Program Officer
Emily Peters joined the World Affairs Council in September of 2011 as an International Visitor Program intern before taking her current position in January of 2012. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from Willamette University. While in school, Emily worked for a Chilean ecotourism resort where she was responsible for everything from translation, to farm work, to program administration. She also participated in earthquake relief efforts and served as a tutor and community preschool volunteer while in Chile. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, Emily worked for a nonprofit ecotourism organization in Southeast Alaska that aimed to conserve, protect, and share the beauty of the Tongass National Forest.
Emily is passionate about international education, exchange, and the power of building personal relationships that cross cultural borders. She enjoys the opportunity to share everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer with international delegations, and in her free time she enjoys and explores it herself. 206-441-5910 ext. 313 Email Emily here.
Nadine Shaw, Program Officer
Nadine Shaw joined the World Affairs Council as an International Visitor Program intern before taking her current position in December of 2012. Nadine is currently working on her M.P.A. at the University of Washington and has a B.S. in International Business and Management from the University of Montana. She has an active interest in international development, sustainable aid, and cross-cultural understanding. While in school, she spent time in New Zealand studying the progression of ecotourism and sustainability, focusing on the importance of a green business model. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, she worked as an Academic Peer Advisor interacting closely with the diverse undergraduate student population at the University of Montana. In her free time, Nadine enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and finding new cuisine to try. 206-441-5910 ext. 320 Email Nadine here.
Elisabeth Ullman, Program Coordinator
Elisabeth joined the World Affairs Council as an International Visitors Program Assistant before taking her current position in January 2014. Elisabeth holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College, with an emphasis on international political economics and international development. She has studied in Costa Rica, Austria and Germany and comes to the World Affairs Council with experience in event coordination, English language instruction, exchange program management, marketing and communications, information technology, and international education with organizations including AIESEC San Diego, the German-American School of Portland, Fulbright Austria and Peace Corps Namibia. Elisabeth is passionate about the promotion of international development, education and information exchange through the International Visitors Program and enjoys being able to share the varied professional and cultural resources that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 206-441-5910 ext. 316 Email Elisabeth here.
Jesse Foster, Operations Director
Jesse is the Operations Director at the World Affairs Council. Jesse completed his Political Science degree at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he spent his final year working closely with Professor and Author, Stephanie Coonts, as a research assistant for the Council on Contemporary Families.
Jesse spent the last six years working at Provail leading a team of Employment Consultants to develop and maintain employment opportunities for People with Disabilities. Jesse developed an online database and document sharing platform, an internal training website, and many other programmatic innovations that allowed his department to more than double in size.
As someone who continually educates himself in world affairs, Jesse is an avid follower of current events and strives to engage others in becoming active citizens of the global community. Locally, Jesse is a volunteer at the Rainier Valley Post and the reigning ping-pong champion at several local hangouts. 206-441-5910 ext. 315 Email Jesse here.
Julie Kageler, Finance Director
Julie Kageler is the Finance Director at the World Affairs Council. Since earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, an accounting concentration from the University of Washington and passing the CPA exam, Julie has worked primarily in the nonprofit sector. She started her career in larger health care organizations including SeaMar Community Health Center and Providence Hospice of Seattle. For the past ten years Julie has worked and consulted in a finance capacity for a number of small nonprofit organizations in Seattle and New York. She joined the World Affairs Council in July of 2007.
Julie feels strongly about applying her skills and experience to organizations, like the World Affairs Council, toward which she feels a commitment to the mission. Along with her half-time work as Finance Director at the World Affairs Council, Julie works with organizations involved in eliminating hunger, providing healthcare to children, creating global issues curriculum, and mobilizing philanthropy in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 206-441-5910 ext. 318 Email Julie here.