Bringing the world to Pittsburgh for 90 years

2019 Annual Report

Our Mission

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s mission is to provide a pathway for a more globally minded region, offering students and the community a learning space that covers key international issues.






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*These are unaudited numbers and may change slightly.

Public Programs

Encouraging diversity of thought and setting foundations for developing strong, globally-minded citizens are at the core of our public programming mission. At the Council, our goal is to create opportunities that foster civic engagement through greater awareness, new perspectives, and constructive and connective dialogue that lead to informed, unbiased decisions about the global world.

In 2019, the World Affairs Council advanced our programming mission and created new ways to foster dialogue and disseminate information in the following ways:

  • We hosted and welcomed 30 international visitors to the Western Pennsylvania region.
  • We presented 23 public programs, including nine free events, covering critical international topic areas, like national security, the rise of foreign powers, American peacekeeping and diplomacy, journalism and threats to freedom of speech, Pittsburgh’s ties to minority communities, immigration, global business, U.S. foreign policy and relations, and foreign service.
  • Our programming covered issues and points-of-view focusing on key regions of the world, including East Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, South Asia, Africa, North America.
  • We also hosted seven guests on our podcast.

We create opportunities that foster civic engagement through greater awareness, new perspectives, and constructive and connective dialogue that lead to informed, unbiased decisions about the global world. 

Youth Education Programs

Today’s students are tomorrow’s global leaders. Our region’s students and youth are the future champions of global awareness, advocacy, and engagement within Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Youth involvement, investment, and inclusion in international issues and events are truly inspirational acts to foster and witness.

In 2019, we partnered with 25 schools across the region that now have in-school Council programming, and offered 720 hours of teacher training through programs and events.

Opportunities extend outside of our region, as well. Since the inception of the Global Travel Scholarship program in 2004, 146 students have traveled from Western Pennsylvania to destinations abroad. This year, students traveled to Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Costa Rica, Thailand, Japan, and The Netherlands. Students also took part in internationally-focused domestic programs in Washington, D.C.

The Council also developed summer programming opportunities that offer year-long learning and immersion into international issues. We partnered with Luminari, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit founded to foster activities that broaden minds, inspire innovation, and promote community engagement. The I Want to be an Ambassador! seven-day summer camp program helped regional teens master the critical skills of a successful Ambassador, including the vital art of diplomacy. Additionally, our four-day Emerging Global Leaders Seminar helped high school students understand and think critically about their global world, as well as the issues, connections, and perspectives within it.

Education is the cornerstone of global citizenship. We provide life- and world-changing opportunities for our region's students and youth to take part in classroom, community, and cultural experiences that increase their knowledge, understandings, and involvement in international affairs and events.



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Meet Starr

“I was selected to receive a scholarship to study abroad in France, through the partnership between the World Affairs Council and World Learning's 'Experiment in International Learning'. I was so excited for my travel-abroad dreams to turn into a reality.”

“I found out about this program through Brittany at the Council, during one of our Global Leadership classes at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG). I was interested in France specifically because the programs focus on photography, which I am currently studying at MCG. I also love French culture and really wanted to learn the French language while immersing myself in the country!

Even though I won’t be able to go to France this summer because of COVID-19, this was still a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My experience with the World Affairs Council has been a great learning experience.”

Starr Wasler

Student, Manchester Craftmen’s Guild

Meet Amy

“The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is really my most important regional partner in helping me connect my students with the outside world”

Amy Palo

Teacher, Cornell School District


Meet Allyce

“I have always been self-motivated and confident, but my fearlessness, unapologetic nature, and commitment to improving outcomes and providing opportunities, especially for people who look like me, is inextricably linked to my experience as a Global Travel Scholar.”

“I am so blessed and grateful that the World Affairs Council saw in me what I couldn’t yet see in myself, and that they took a chance on a young Black girl from Knoxville. I am forever indebted to the World Affairs Council for life-changing opportunities that literally changed my world.”

Allyce Pinchback-Johnson

Founder and CEO of Pinchback Consulting, former World Affairs Council Program Officer, and 2004 Global TravelScholar to Japan

Our Corporate and Foundation Partners

We wish to thank the following corporate and foundation donors for their tremendous partnership and generosity to the World Affairs Council and our programs.

Airport Authority
American Eagle

Our 2019 Board of Directors

Thank you to the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, who dedicate the time and talents that propels our work across the region.


Angélica Ocampo, President & Chief Executive Officer, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh


Stephen Lackey, Vice Chairman (Ret.), BNY Mellon Pittsburgh

Vice Chair

Joseph P. Gartner, Tax Senior Manager, Deloitte
Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise
Margaret C. Gleason, Partner, Jones Day
Daniel Simpson, Former U.S. Ambassador

Secretary & Treasure

Joseph P. Gartner, Tax Senior Manager, Deloitte


Alan L. Ackerman, Esq., Alan L. Ackerman, Esq. P.C
Ariel C. Armony, PhD, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Director, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Barbara E. Barnes, M.D., M.S., Vice President of Sponsored Programs, Research Support, and Continuing Medical Education, UPMC
William F. Benter, Chairman and International CEO, Acusis
Larry S. Blair, Esq., CPA, Attorney-at-Law, Metz Lewis LLC
Kathleen Buechel, Executive Director, The Benter Foundation
Jean-Pierre Collet, President, Consular Association of Pittsburgh
Monica Coraluppi, Director of Special Projects, Chorus Call, Inc.
J. Christopher Donahue, President and CEO, Federated Investors, Inc.

Directors (Continued)

Les Dutka, Founder and former CEO, Echo International
Susan Everingham, Director, Innovation Architecture, RAND Corporation
The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Allegheny County
Patrick J. Forster, Partner, Healthcare Industries, PwC
Frank Li, Founder and CEO, Kailasa Capital Management
Paul Overby, Honorary Consul, Federal Republic of Germany
The Honorable William Peduto, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh
Gabe Pellathy, Managing Director of Government Affairs, PPG
John T. Ryan III, Chairman of the Board, MSA Safety, Inc.
Lourdes Sánchez Ridge, Esq., Partner, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
Charles Stout, Senior Counsel, D.B. Root and Company
Patrick Wallace, President, Covington Investment Advisors, Inc.
James S. Wolf, Founding Shareholder and Advisor, Motion Engine, Inc.

Directors Emerit

Alan H. Finegold, Esq., Law Offices of Alan H. Finegold
F. Worth Hobbs, Former President, Alcoa Foundation
The Honorable Dick Thornburgh, Former Attorney General of the United States
James M. Walton, Chairman, The Heinz Endowments

Introducing Betty Cruz, President & CEO

Betty Cruz joined the Council in January of 2020 as the new President & CEO. Betty has nearly 20 years of experience in community outreach, communications, partnership-building, and program management. Her experience with the international community in Pittsburgh and successful track record of building partnerships is essential to the expansion of the Council’s legacy. We are glad to have been able to share our 2019 successes with you through this Annual Report. Now with our eyes on the future, we share this short message from Betty. Learn about the steps we are taking to come together, learn, and share -- across cultures, generations, and economics -- and about her exciting vision for where we are headed as an organization.