WAC headshots-3Jacqueline Miller, President and CEO

Jacqueline joined the World Affairs Council as President and CEO in May 2014. After twenty years on the East Coast working in academia, think tanks, and NGOs, she is happy to be in Seattle contributing to WAC’s ongoing mission and service to the greater Seattle community.

Immediately prior to joining WAC, Jacqueline served as Director of External Relations at Independent Diplomat in New York, which works 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 ran 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. Among her favorite projects there were a joint U.S.-Russia working group on Afghan narcotrafficking and a high-level forum on disarmament and nonproliferation that she ran at the United Nations. She has also served as the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington (DC) programs, where she oversaw membership events 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.

Jacqueline’s international background extends beyond her training and professional experience. Her first international travel was when her family moved from Australia to the United States when she was young. Her deep and broad fascination with international affairs began in childhood with nightly conversations about current events and world history around the dinner table—an invaluable tradition she continues today with her own young family. Email Jacqueline here.


Community Programs


IMG_1066Alex Kuehl, Community Events Coordinator

Alex Kuehl serves as the Community Events Coordinator for the World Affairs Council. In this role, Alex plans and implements events for Community Programs and the Global Leadership Series. In addition, he assists with the WAC Fellows Program. Alex started work with the World Affairs Council in July, 2014. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Washington in 2013, Alex continued work at UW’s International Specialized Programs to facilitate international exchange programs at the university. Alex has a keen interest in both travel and research in global affairs. As a student at the University of Washington, Alex completed study abroad programs in Belgium and the Czech Republic and he was enrolled in both German and Arabic language courses. His recent travel destinations include Egypt, Peru, Thailand,Vietnam, China and Turkey. Alex is published in the Jackson School Journal of International Studies for a piece on squatter settlements in Peru and Brazil. In his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest. 206-441-5910 ext 312. Email Alex here.


Global Classroom


Ryan HauckRyan Hauck, Director

Ryan Hauck is a teacher at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish and was previously a teacher at Marysville-Pilchuck High School for twenty-two years, serving as Department Chair in History/Social Sciences. He is often applauded for bringing the world into his classroom and school 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. Completing his master’s degree in Globalization and Educational Change from Lehigh’s Comparative & International Education Department, Ryan worked with a cohort of fellow classmates and teachers on a professional development project in Cambodia. 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 on one of our trips 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.


IMG_1039Amy Lutterloh, Program Coordinator

Amy Lutterloh is the Program Coordinator 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 for educators 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 is a board member of the Young Professionals International Network and has volunteered with the YWCA of Pierce County and interned for Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. She attended the Youth Advocacy Training program with the Global Campaign for Education in Washington D.C. in April 2014. When she is not reading books on global topics, she enjoys running, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.  206-441-5910 ext. 317 Email Amy here.


International Visitor Program


RPL MaybeRachel Paris-Lambert, Senior Program Officer

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. 206-441-5910 ext. 319 Email Rachel here.


Elisabeth Ullman, Program Officer

IMG_1045Elisabeth joined the World Affairs Council as an International Visitor 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 development. She has studied in Costa Rica, Austria, and Germany and comes to the World Affairs Council with international experience with organizations including Fulbright Austria and Peace Corps Namibia. Elisabeth is passionate about the promotion of international development, education, and information exchange through the International Visitor 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.


IMG_0984Amy Kasper, Program Officer

Amy Kasper joined the World Affairs Council in September 2012 as an International Visitor Program intern before taking her current position in April of 2013.  Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a TESOL license from Taylor University.  In pursuit of her degree, Amy studied in England, Ireland, and Guatemala; she has also spent time in South Korea teaching English.  Much of her previous experience comes from working with international students as they explore American culture, through exchange programs and short-term intensive language camps.

Amy always gets excited about collaboration and innovation within the Seattle community, and enjoys sharing that with international visitors.  In her free time she loves exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, learning new languages, and embarking on culinary adventures.


IMG_1245Joelle Klein, Program Coordinator

Joelle joined the World Affairs Council in April of 2014 as an International Visitor Program intern before taking her current position in May of 2014. Joelle is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a focus on environment and international development. She has an active interest in sustainable development, community engagement, and international exchange. While earning her B.A., Joelle had the opportunity to study and work abroad in Belgium, Serbia, Vietnam, and India. She has also travelled extensively throughout Europe and speaks fluent English and German. During her time in the foothills of the Indian Himalaya, she studied the roles of gender, labor, and environment on local development programs, and researched natural resource management and forest health practices. Locally, Joelle has held a fellowship in the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program at the National Bureau of Asian Research, volunteered as an English Tutor and Citizenship Instructor at the East Africa Community Services, and published work in the Jackson School Journal of International Studies. In her free time, Joelle remains an active member of Seattle’s vibrant dance community and enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. 206-441-5910 ext 320. Email Joelle here.


IMG_1192Cory Rand, Assistant Program Coordinator

Cory is from Mill Valley, California, and is a 2013 graduate of Whitman College. At Whitman, he was a politics major with an interest in international relations. During his junior spring, Cory studied abroad in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo on a peace and conflict studies program, while also doing independent research with former combatants in the region. After graduating, Cory participated in the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, in St. Louis, MO. He moved to Seattle in 2014 to learn more about the role of cities in international governance. He enjoys running and climbing in the outdoors, and he also has a special place in his heart for old science fiction books.



 Taylor Timinsky, Assistant Program Coordinator

Taylor Timinsky is an assistant program coordinator for the International Visitors Program. Born and raised in Texas, Taylor first joined the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas in 2006 and remained a member until moving to Austin. She studied the Middle East at the University of Texas and while there, developed a strong interest in cross-cultural understanding and aid for marginalized communities. She has hands on experience in youth education, serving as a teacher in Dallas ISD schools where she helped develop and teach curricula incorporating the fine arts into STEM centric classes. Her final year in Austin was spent as an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving in the Mayor’s office. During that time she worked with the Chief Service Officer to create a plan increasing community involvement and eradicating poverty within the city. She is excited to be living in the Pacific Northwest and for the opportunity to further promote international exchange and citizen diplomacy. In her spare time she enjoys cookery, hiking, and escaping the Northwest rain by watching movies on Netflix.


Program Support


IMG_1002Jesse 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 and went on to work in social services after college with Catholic Community Services. Continuing his path in non-profit work, Jesse worked as a Program Manager for Provail in Seattle for the next 7 years before landing at the World Affairs Council. 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.  206-441-5910 ext. 315 Email Jesse here.


Julie Kageler, Finance Director

IMG_1166xJulie 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.


IMG_1097Nathan 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.

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