The World Affairs Council is governed by a 64-person Board of Trustees. Past Chairman who remain in good standing are also members of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees are composed of some of Orange County’s top business, academic, government, and social leaders. The Trustees in turn have designated an Executive Board to provide policy and operational direction for the Council’s programs, membership, fund-raising and financial affairs, and educational activities. These efforts are supported by four standing committees, drawn from the Trustees and the Council’s members.

Nora Valenzuela was nominated by the Board of Trustees and elected by the general members as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the World Affairs Council of Orange County Chapter for 2019 – 2021. The primary function of the Board is to introduce Orange County to leaders of foreign countries and prominent national figures by facilitating dialogue between Orange County’s political and business leaders and these influential individuals through regular monthly meetings, seminars, lectures and presentations.


World Affairs Council of Orange County Trustees


Class of 2018-2021

Class of 2019-2022

Class of 2020-2023

Juan Basombrio Candace Chen Cyrus Ameri
Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez John Lafare Kyle Longley
Annie Chu Tom Erspamer Lorelei Tanji
Naseem Qader Shawn Collins Shezad Rokerya
Mani Kang Charles Sharkey Daniele Struppa
Young Kim Manuel Marquez Donna Gilbert Vann
Fred Minagar Lee Pasquarella  Hasan Nouri
David Shilling Liz Maxson Mark Johnson
Susan (Souzan) Baaj Ken Peterson Darius Panahpour
Michael Withrow David Smith Micheal Scott
Jeff Treut Norman Tanber Fred Whitaker
Ina Von Ber Tom Campbell James Mayer
Van Tran Theresa Ashby Alberto Sandoval
Sukhee Kang Rick Muth Anita Sokolsky
Kendra Puryear Mark Minyard Rose Tsai
Ann Nguyen Diana Megrian Jerry Harrington
  Regina Campbell Errol Mathieu
    Dr. Tom Coad
    George Hanna Sr.
    Hal Smith
    Linda DiMario
    Sylvie (Garo) Tertzakian
    MC Sungaila