About

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio was chartered in July 1982. It is a not-for-profit and non-partisan citizen’s educational forum focusing on foreign policy issues that affect our lives directly. Entirely local in governing and support, it services all individuals and organizations interested in its goals. We are a member of the World Affairs Councils of America.

Our Mission

We strive to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate in a global community. We accomplish our mission by presenting lectures, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs, and hosting deliberative sessions for young professionals.

Council Bylaws

Most recent bylaws can be reviewed here. World Affairs ByLaws

Board Members

Patricia Diaz Dennis, Council Chair
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Carlos Alvarez
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Danny J. Anderson, Ph.D.
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Ambassador Cresencio Arcos
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Robert M. Barnett
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Sasha Begum
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Lisa Blonkvist
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Pat LeMay Burr, Ph.D.
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John “JJ” Casey
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Julian Castro
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Peter Cavazos
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Prashanth Chandrasekar
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T. Ruth Chang
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The Honorable Lila Cockrell
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A.B. Cruz III
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Marshall V. Davidson Jr.
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Miguel E. Dilley
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Gloria Steves Dilley
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Shahrzad (Sherry) Dowlatshahi
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Taylor Eighmy Ph.D.
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Thomas Evans Ph.D.
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Tim Farrell
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Rob Finney
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Mike Flores, Ph.D.
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Lukin T. Gilliland, Jr.
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Francisco A. Gónima
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Charlie Gonzalez
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Brandon Grossman
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The Honorable Phil Hardberger
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Byron C. Hepburn, Maj. Gen, USAF Ret, MD
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Cecilia Herrera
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Nicolas Hollis
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Patrick J. Kennedy Jr.
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Kathleen Tobin Krueger
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Elizabeth Lorenz
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Jesse S. Lotay
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Charles D. Lutz III
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Paul Martin
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Timothy S. Martin, Ph.D.
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D. Kirk McDonald
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Joe C. McKinney
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Sita McNab
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Diane E. Melby Ed.D
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Benjamin A. Montanez
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Shokare Nakpodia
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The Hon. Ron Nirenberg
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Peggy Pace
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Susan Lynch Pape
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Bill-Rasco
Bill Rasco, Col., USAF, MSC (Ret.)
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J.B. Richter
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Lillian Riojas
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Robert Rohlfs
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Ricardo Romo, Ph.D.
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Daniela Serna
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Pam Shaw
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Joyce Slocum
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Edward G. Steves
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Cynthia-Teniente-Matson
Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Ph.D.
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Thomas Thill
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W. Glenn Thomas
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Karen Thompson
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Kristin Tips
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Patrick B. Tobin
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Rad Weaver
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Julie Weber
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Committees

Board Engagement

Peggy Pace

Chair

Education Committee

Julie Weber

Chair

Governance Committee

Sasha Begum

Chair

Marketing Committee

Nominating Committee

Nicolas Hollis

Chair

Program Committee

Benjamin A. Montanez

Chair

Secretary

Jesse S. Lotay

Chair

Treasurer

T. Ruth Chang

Chair

Young Professionals

Jesse S. Lotay

Chair

Staff Members

Armen Babajanian
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Aseneth French, Chief of Staff
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Olivia Morales
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Interns

Ben Shirani
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Stephanie Nava
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