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Bill Clifford
President & CEO

Bill Clifford was appointed President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America in September 2013. From 2009-2013 he lead the revitalization and growth of WorldBoston, a WACA member Council known for innovative programming, access to leaders, and a tradition of advancing public learning about critical international issues. He also served as a member of the WACA National Board and its Executive Committee.

Prior to joining the WACA network, Bill was a journalist covering international finance, economics, and politics in Asia, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch. He also acted as a senior correspondent for CNBC Asia in Tokyo.

Bill was awarded his M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He obtained his B.A. summa cum laude in international relations and French literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. in public policy from Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.

Chelsea Beaulieu 
Communications and Marketing Officer

Chelsea comes to the World Affairs Councils of America from the Vermont Council on World Affairs, where she helped build organizational capacity through branding and membership initiatives. She has extensive international experience, having traveled, studied, or lived in over 15 countries. Chelsea holds a BA in French and Global Studies with a concentration in socio-cultural identities from Salve Regina University. She is currently pursuing her MA in International Relations from the same institution. 

Lauren Blommel
Program Assistant/Office Assistant

Lauren is a 2017 graduate of John Carroll University, where she recieved a BA in Political Science. Additionally, she holds a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Human Rights from Columbia University. Lauren has experience working for human rights nonprofits, The American Prospect magazine, and as a French interpreter for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture in New York City.

Jacquiline Black
Jacquiline Black has been with Chazin and Company, LLC for 7 months as their Client Service Manager. Before she moved to Maryland, she was a Public Accountant for 7 years in Delaware where she serviced For-Profit and Non-Profit entities.
Elizabeth Power
Outreach/Program Assistant Intern
Elizabeth is a rising sophomore at The George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Arabic and Journalism/Mass Communications. She is acitve on campus as a member of the International Affairs Society, as a fellow of the Elizabeth J. Somers Women's Leadership Program, and as a Class Council Representative. Elizabeth's prior experience includes internships with the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the United Religions Initiative.
Natalie Volk
Outreach/Program Assistant Intern
Natalie is a rising senior at McGill University in Montreal, majoring in Political Science and minoring in English Literature and German. She is fluent in four languages, including Spanish and several South Slavic languages. Natalie's previous experience includes working as a communications intern for the Student Language Exchange at Halcyon House.



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