Betty Cruz

Betty Cruz assumed the role of President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in January 2020. Prior to joining the Council, Betty served as the leader of Change Agency, a social enterprise which she founded in 2016, and Project Director for All for All, an immigrant inclusion initiative. Betty has extensive experience … Read More

Thomas Walters

Managing Director

Thomas “Tommy” Walters joined the council team in September 2020 as Managing Director. Tommy comes to the Council after working in various roles at arts and culture nonprofit organizations in Pittsburgh. Most recently, Tommy served as the Executive Director at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, PA. He began working at Sweetwater in 2017 … Read More

Kathleen Newell

Director of Youth Programming
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Kathleen Newell joined the council team in April 2017 as an Education Program Manager. Kathleen is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, receiving a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a career concentration in Family, Children, and Youth. Prior to joining the Council, Kathleen served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, working as a Community … Read More

Joe Poskin

Director of Operations
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Joe Poskin oversees operations and human resource services for the World Affairs Council. Serving as the Council’s accessibility coordinator, he ensures that all aspects of the Council’s operations and offerings are accessible and inclusive. Before joining the team, he provided logistical support at Mentoring USA, an international nonprofit based in New York City that creates … Read More

Elita Walker

Director of Development

Elita Walker joined the council team in October 2020 as the Director of Development. Elita comes to the Council after working in various areas of fundraising for the past 10 years. Most recently, she served as the Membership Manager at The Frick Pittsburgh where she managed the membership and annual fund programs. Prior to moving … Read More

Kara Bowen

Communications Coordinator

Kara Bowen joined the council team in June 2021 as Communications Coordinator. Kara previously served as a Communications Consultant at Lumina Foundation, a national foundation working to make education after high school more accessible and equitable. A Connecticut native, Kara became interested in the nonprofit sector during her time as Development Intern at The Discovery … Read More

Shawn Reming Jr.

Youth Programming Coordinator - Digital Engagement and Education

Shawn M. Reming Jr. joined the Council in May of 2021 as Youth Programming Coordinator – Digital Engagement and Education. A social anthropologist, historian, educator, and community organizer, Shawn’s varied experience has always focused on understanding people’s relationship to the world around them and connecting people to each other. His professional experience ranges from teaching … Read More

Miya Williams

Youth Programming Coordinator – Global Minds

Miya Williams joined the Council in May of 2021 as a Youth Programming Coordinator – Global Minds. A linguist and localization expert, Miya has worked as a language educator and in the translation industry. She brings her love of cultures and education to this role as well as a background in leadership training. Miya received … Read More