Betty Cruz

President and CEO

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

Joe Poskin

Director of Operations

Joe Poskin oversees operations for the World Affairs Council. Before joining the team, he provided logistical support at Mentoring USA, an international nonprofit based in New York City that creates supportive mentorships for children and young adults. Joe also spent a year teaching English at a university in Bangkok. While living there, he enjoyed learning … Read More

Thomas Walters

Senior Director of Development and Communications

Thomas “Tommy” Walters joined the council team in September 2020 as Senior Director of Development and Communications. 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 … Read More

Kathleen Newell

Director of Youth Programming

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

Elita Walker

Development Director

Elita Walker joined the council team in October 2020 as the Development Director. 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 to … Read More

Suad Yusuf

Education Program Manager

Suad Yusuf is dedicated to human rights, youth empowerment, and local and international development. This passion for bridging the local community level engagement and global development led Suad to pursue a dual Masters’ degree in Social Work and International Development. As a result, she’s interned with the Global Switchboard and Allegheny County Department of Human … Read More