Jacqueline Miller, President and CEO
Jacqueline has led the World Affairs Council of Seattle since May 2014. She held senior positions in policy organizations and non-profits on the east coast before moving to the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, she also serves on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Board; is a board member and chair of the membership committee of Global Ties U.S.; is a member of the Civic Council for UW’s Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) program; and serves on the Washington State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, Jacqueline served as Director of External Relations at Independent Diplomat in New York, working with marginalized democratic political actors to help them navigate the United Nations, the EU, and other international diplomatic fora. Previously, she was a Senior Associate at the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York, where she created and led the U.S. program. At EWI, she focused on national security policy, the U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relationships, as well as nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation issues. She was deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington (DC) programs, where she oversaw CFR’s robust DC meetings program as well as outreach on Capitol Hill and the DC diplomatic community. She got her start in think tanks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she was deputy director of the Russia and Eurasia program. She has also taught at The George Washington University, where she undertook graduate work after earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University.
She has been a commentator for various news sources (print, web, and broadcast), including the New York Times, the BBC, CBC, and Voice of America. Her honors include being named a Truman Security Fellow as well as receiving a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Russia. She was also an International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Visiting Scholar in Kyrgyzstan.
Nate Ren, Community Event Coordinator
Nate Ren joined the World Affairs Council as Community Events Coordinator in September 2017. After finishing a double major in International Affairs and Philosophy at Lewis & Clark College, Nate returned to his home city of Shanghai—deploying his inherent dual culture and dual language abilities to bridge and introduce a rapidly growing Chinese mobile TV audience to a wide variety of lifestyle topics from an international perspective. As a child of Euro-American and Chinese parentage, he navigates the global village with a uniquely blended perspective and relishes the opportunity to draw and connect a greater Seattle audience on the wide variety of issues the World Affairs council addresses. Nate appreciates that in the United States, one has luxury to debate wide-ranging issues from foreign policy to gender politics and civil activism, and hopes to entice Seattle’s rapidly internationalizing population to attend the Council’s programs and expand global awareness. In his free time, Nate likes to boulder, rake the recesses of the Internet for new music, read lofty and useless philosophical journals, and cook some mean Asian cuisine.
Ryan Hauck, Director
Ryan Hauck is a teacher at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish,WA. As a teacher of comparative politics and international studies, he is often applauded for bringing the world into his classroom by engaging students around the importance of living in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world. One of Ryan’s global projects has been his work in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, building not only a sister school relationship between his high school and a remote village school in Oporoza, but also a village library. Recently, Ryan participated in a U.S. State Department fellowship to Senegal as part of the Teachers for Global Classroom Program and as a fellow with the Goethe Institut’s Transatlantic Outreach Program to Germany. Ryan Completed his master’s degree in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh’s Comparative & International Education Department. As part of this program, Ryan worked with a cohort of classmates and teachers on a professional development project in Cambodia to enhance teacher training and student learning. As a Washington State Council for the Social Studies Board Member, Ryan extends his passion for global studies to other teachers, students, and communities. Ryan brings his own real-life experiences into the classroom so that his students begin to understand the value of cross-cultural understanding and humanitarian action. Over the last 15 years, Ryan has worked closely with the World Affairs Council and hosted numerous International Visitor Program delegations at his school. He has traveled to South Africa and Swaziland, returning to write curriculum for other teachers to use. Ultimately, Ryan wants his students to think critically about world issues, acquire the skills needed to be globally competent in the 21st century, and become actively engaged citizens locally, nationally, and internationally.
Tobias Osterhaug, Program Coordinator
Tobias Osterhaug joined the World Affairs Council as Program Coordinator for Global Classroom in January 2018. Prior to being hired as a staff member he worked at the Council as a Communications and Development intern, while he completed his M.A. in International Studies at the University of Washington. He also has a B.A. in History and Chinese Studies from Western Washington University, and spent a year in Taiwan teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship. As the son of an immigrant and full-time teacher in Washington public schools, he appreciates the value and the necessity of improving access to resources on international topics and their connection to local issues for both educators and students. He strongly believes that an education which provides foundational knowledge on global issues is an imperative and a right for all students in the 21st century. A Seattle native, in his free time Tobias enjoys hiking, skiing, sailing, cooking experiments, and performing improv.
International Visitor Program
Rachel Paris-Lambert, Director
Rachel Paris-Lambert joined the World Affairs Council in March of 2012. Rachel oversees the International Visitor Program with a special focus on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) as well as Youth Leadership Programs. Prior to joining the World Affair Council, Rachel worked on the IVLP team at World Learning in Washington, DC. Rachel received an M.A. in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in anthropology and biology from Whitman College. She also has a TESOL certificate from SIT, and she taught English in Colombia and Costa Rica. Ever since studying abroad in Belize with SIT Study Abroad, Rachel has honed her passion for global citizenship and experiential learning. Rachel has also worked for the Fulbright Commission in Bogota, Colombia and for Semester at Sea, where she coordinated in-country academic programs for the Fall 2008 voyage, which included on the ground programming in Brazil, Namibia, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Costa Rica. Rachel has also led several international programs for U.S. high school students in Central America, and spent four years teaching and coordinating environmental education programs and leading wilderness trips for the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine and the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming. In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing and exploring outside, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Email Rachel here.
Jeremy Sinensky, Program Officer
Jeremy joined the World Affairs Council in March of 2016. In his work with the International Visitor Program (IVP), Jeremy maintains a special focus on Youth Leadership Programs. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, Jeremy served as Senior Program Facilitator for World Learning’s Youth Leadership Programs, traveling throughout the United States and Iraq with youth leaders from Iraq, Mexico, Bosnia, Germany, and the United States. Jeremy received his M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from the SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in English Literature and Writing from Binghamton University. Jeremy is a trained Community Mediator and Dialogue Facilitator with experience teaching English language overseas to a broad age-range of Eastern Europeans and Ghanaian high school students. As a Global Service Corps Fellow and staff with the New York-based Joint Distribution Committee, he has facilitated leadership training workshops and directed community development and social justice programming throughout Poland. Jeremy has also directed and led service-learning and cross-cultural exchange programs for high school and university students from the United States, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, France, and Poland. His experiences living and and studying in Israel, Poland, Liberia, and Ghana, inspire his acute sense of global citizenship. In his free time, Jeremy serves as a member of Kids4Peace International’s Program Team and enjoys the outdoors, playing guitar, and building bridges with people from around the globe.
Taylor Timinsky, Program Officer
Taylor Timinsky is a Program Officer for the International Visitors Program. In her role, she primarily works on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the Professional Fellows Program. She concentrated on Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and in that time, developed a strong interest in cross-cultural understanding and aid for marginalized communities. Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in the Mayor of Austin’s office, working with the Chief Service Officer to create a city-wide plan focused on increasing community involvement and eradicating poverty within Austin. She has hands-on experience in youth education, serving as an instructor in Dallas ISD schools where she helped develop and teach curricula incorporating the fine arts into STEM-centric classes. She is excited to be living in the PNW and for the opportunity to further promote international exchange and citizen diplomacy. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new recipes, hiking, searching for barbecue in Seattle, and escaping the Northwest rain by watching movies on Netflix.
Sean Bowman, Program Officer
Sean Bowman first joined the World Affairs Council as an intern for the International Visitors Program in the fall of 2015 and came on full-time in March, 2016. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Sean spent several years working in schools in Colorado, Wyoming, and Thailand. A Wyoming native, Sean first moved to Washington State in 2008 to attend Gonzaga University. Sean developed a strong passion for traveling, living abroad, and cultural exchange while studying abroad in Paris, France. After graduating with degrees in International Studies and French, Sean became certified as a TEFL-instructor and spent three semesters teaching English at a rural high school in Northern Thailand. In his free time, Sean enjoys reading, learning languages, playing board and card games with friends, and hiking in the Cascades.
Laurie Taylor, Director of External Relations
Laurie joined the World Affairs Council in January 2015 as the Director of External Relations. She is tasked with building strategic partnerships for the council and extending the reach of our platform in this region. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council, Laurie directed Community Relations for Mercy Corps. Seattle is a dynamic global city and the World Affairs Council creates a forum for anyone in our community to engage in conversations around global issues. Laurie has a BA in Public Relations from Washington State University, a Masters in Education from Seattle University and is an alum of Semester at Sea.
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. Email Julie here.
Nathan Sharpe, Community Engagement Officer
Nathan began his time at the World Affairs Council in January 2011 as a Global Classroom intern. As the community engagement officer, Nathan helps with the Council’s membership, email marketing, and development work. 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 and national institutions in eight other countries. Nathan aims to serve as a point of connection for those seeking to engage with global topics and issues in Seattle, whether through the Council’s Young Professionals International Network or through its full range of programs on topics from climate change to national security. Email Nathan here.
Nora Scullin, Office Manager
Nora joined the World Affairs Council of Seattle in 2017 following her move to the northwest from Washington DC. In DC, Nora worked at various think tanks and cultural outreach organizations with a primary focus on Asian-Americans and the U.S.-Japan relationship including: Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, the U.S.-Japan Council, and the Asian & Pacific Islander-American Scholarship Fund. Nora is a Cleveland native and a passionate language learner with degrees in French and Japanese languages from Case Western Reserve University. She has also studied at Meikai University and Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan and has worked on a city-wide research project on public perceptions of immigration on location in Paris, France. In her free time, Nora scours the internet for vintage Barbie dolls, practices ballet, and seeks out arthouse theaters playing silent movies.