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.