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World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

Global Perspectives, Local Conversations

Houston, TX   |  www.wachouston.org

Mission

In service to Greater Houston as a global city, the mission of our Council is to promote understanding of the world -- its people, politics, economies and cultures -- to enable the Houston community to participate more effectively in a global world.

Ruling year info

1977

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Maryanne Maldonado

Main address

1235 N. Loop West Suite 1025

Houston, TX 77008 USA

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Formerly known as

Houston World Affairs Council

EIN

76-0308253

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Public Lectures

Public programs form the core of Council activities. We host approximately 100 general lectures, briefings, and debates each year, on international issues and United States foreign policy. Topics are taken from the headlines; the discussion is timely and relevant. We cover diplomacy, national security, international trade, the environment, and bilateral relations. The Council presents many voices and different views: journalists, diplomats, heads of state, authors, and scholars. Council programs provide information and access. The many digital sources of information have not sidelined one of the most basic needs of democracy: people meeting each other and sharing ideas. There is a connection between the tangible and abstract ideas of public space and democracy, of education and human contact. They are not mutually exclusive; they are complementary and reinforcing. World Affairs Council members are participants in world affairs, engaged in a conversation about our role in the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Council's Young Professionals (YP) group is made up of motivated individuals, aged 21-40, who are interested in learning about their world. YP members meet and discuss issues with international policy-makers, foreign correspondents, local business leaders and open-minded young people. They contribute to the professional and civic aspects of Houston, develop leadership skills, and advance their careers - all while having a great time. The Council's YP programs cover global issues and contemporary topics and bring a young perspective to policy discussions. Events are informal and informative, emphasizing debate, dialog, and a lively interaction between the speaker and guests. The speakers are often at the start of their careers, reporting directly from the field. An important benefit of YP programs, beyond the information gained by participants, is the opportunity they afford to develop international contacts. Houston's young leaders meet peers from around the world, forging relationships that can last a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The World Affairs Council's student programs help nurture the next generation of global leaders. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Council reached: * 8,000+ students in 114 schools from 25 districts * 55% of students reached are considered economically disadvantaged or underserved * 71.89% are minority students Public, private, and charter schools are all invited to participate. The mission of our student programs is to connect students to the global leaders of our time and provide them the opportunity to become culturally sensitive, globally competent citizens. While many of the diverse Greater Houston area student populations are underserved, we work to give all students the opportunity to explore their role in an increasingly globalized world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A great education starts with great teachers. They are the foundation of quality education and high-performing schools. The World Affairs Council supports education through professional development opportunities for teachers. Workshops, seminars, and master lectures are open to teachers of both public and private schools in the Greater Houston area. We work with administrators of all regional school districts. We reach out to teachers at Kipp Academy, YES Prep, and Teach for America, and continue to work to expand our reach to new schools. In an era of budget shortfalls, the Council's programs are an important source of high-quality enrichment for teachers. They cover topics that are timely and important, yet not well addressed by existing resources. Speakers are recognized experts in their fields; teachers receive workbooks, lesson plans, maps, and sample quizzes. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the Council reached 1,300 total teachers (a 236% increase from 2014-2015).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Red Apple Award 2001

Spring Branch ISD

Best Large Council 2004

World Affairs Councils of America

Friends of Foreign Languages 2008

Texas Foreign Language Assc.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Council’s goal is to provide a platform for the discussion of international issues and U.S. foreign policy options. Through a non-partisan exchange of ideas, we seek to educate and inform, to nurture the next generation of American leaders, and to prepare citizens to be effective participants in the global community.

We host 160 programs each year, presenting policy experts from our own government and around the world. Events are informal and interactive, designed to encourage an active debate and lively discussion of global issues. The question and answer session allows members to be a part of the conversation and have their thoughts heard, too. Our programs are tailored for each audience, whether high school students, teachers, or business executives. We offer international study tours that include pre- and post-trip briefings. Council membership is affordable and welcoming to all.

The World Affairs Council has developed a network of international contacts and a membership of over 5,000 here in Houston. We have a unique capacity to convene large and interested audiences and to attract the most respected voices in international policy. We have developed strong alliances within Houston’s community and have the capacity to cooperate across the entire southwest region.

The Council is now established as a valued member of the educational community in Houston. The primary programs tracks: public lectures, teacher and student events, and international study tours, are valued and can be sustained in the future.
There is more to be done. We have to reach out to diverse communities and to be the town hall meeting that welcomes all of Houston. We need to be ready to respond to all teacher requests, to engage students and be the resource for international information that our region deserves.

We will know that we’ve succeeded when the attendance at events reflects the diversity of Houston.

Financials

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World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Vivek Chidabaram

Accenture

Term: 2022 - 2024

Mark Anderson

Saba Abashawl

Alan Crain

Antony D'Souza

Phil DeLozier

Diane Gendel

Christine LaFollette

Pat Moran

Sallie Morian

Maureen O'Driscoll-Levy

Kevin O'Gorman

Kevin Pasha

Brad Ringleb

Martha Rocks

Jennifer Smith

Soma Somasundaram

David Adams

Mamdou Beye

Anne Boss

Heather Cykoski

Suzan Deison

Michol Ecklund

William Foreman

Lyle Ganske

Zachary Hodges

J.J. Hollie

Lynn Hughes

Cyndi Hunter

Beth Madison

Sid McClendon

David Michels

Bret Oliver

Susan Osterberg

Chukwuemeka Oyolu

Daron Peschel

Revati Puranik

TJ Raguso

Eddie Robinson

Andrew Slentz

Nick Tran

Kenneth Tubman

Jesse Tutor

Michaela vanSchalwyk

Rupesh Vadapalli

Stuart Vogt

Arthur Kaplun

Elizabeth Matthews

Paula Ann Miller

Jose Valera

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/27/2023

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female
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