Every month, WACA selects one our Member Councils to be Council of the Month for outstanding programming, contributions to the WACA network, or other notable achievements. Check out our current star Council and our past Councils of the Month!
Access to nutritious food is considered a key social determinant of health and well-being. Without nutritious food rich in the vitamins needed for healthy growth and development, people can run the risk of developing chronic illness. Limited access to nutritious foods can also exacerbate issues like how well children are able to focus in school. Access can also be a problem in low-income neighborhoods, sometimes referred to as food deserts, where grocery stores with fresh produce and nutritious options are limited or nonexistent.
Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for a discussion on Wednesday, September 30, at 6:00 PM ET, with a panel of experts to learn about food security as a social determinant of health and what we can do to create a more food-secure world.
On Thursday, September 10, at 5:00 PM ET, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host General Wesley Clark (ret.), Founder of Renew America Together, and the Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, to discuss their views on how to bring our country together.
WACA is pleased to announce the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as September Council of the Month! After eight years as President and CEO of WAC Philadelphia, Craig Snyder will be stepping down, effective Wednesday, September 30, to the next chapter of his career. Snyder is also a former WACA National Board Member, and WACA joins WAC Philadelphia in gratitude for his leadership and commitment to mission of the World Affairs Council Network.
Joining the Council as the next President and CEO is Lauren Swartz, formerly Deputy Commerce Director for International Business and Global Strategy for the City of Philadelphia. "I am honored to lead the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia into its next era. I started my career in international education, and have spent the past two decades building ties, trade, and discourse with leaders around the world. I look forward to catalyzing my experience and perspective with an organization dedicated to connecting the world to Philadelphia," said Swartz.