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. Trustee Emeritus are long-time members of the Council awarded the title for their service and dedication to the mission of the World Affairs Council. The Board of Trustees comprises 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.

William Edwards was nominated by the Board of Trustees and elected by the general members as Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the World Affairs Council of Orange County Chapter for 2022 – 2023. 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 Trustee Emeritus 

Dr. Cynthia Coad Hal Smith George Hanna Sr.  Jerry Harrington Errol Mathieu Theodore Wallace


World Affairs Council of Orange County Trustees

Class of 2022-2025

Class of 2021-2024

Class of 2020-2023

Rima Nashashibi Cyrus Ameri Candace Chen
Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez Dr. Kyle Longley Regina Campbell
Annie Chu Lorelei Tanji Jean Pierre Lafare
Naseem Qader Shezad Rokerya Tom Erspamer
Mani Kang Dr. Daniele Struppa Shawn Collins
Stacey Keeley Donna Gilbert Vann Charles Sharkey
Mayor Fred Minagar Hasan Nouri Manuel Marquez
David Shilling Dr. Mark Chapin Johnson Derek Grossman
Susan (Souzan) Baaj Michael Scott Rodman Maxson 
Michael Withrow Fred Whitaker Rick Muth
Kendra Puryear James Mayer Ken Petersen
Dr. Ina Von Ber Alberto Sandoval Yan Killy
Assemblyman Van Tran Beatrice de Salles David Smith
Christopher Lynch MC Sungaila Judge Nho Trong Nguyen
Dave Rice Jayne Herring Congressman Harley Rouda
Marco Carralero Anita Sokolsky Paul Hamilton
Isaiah Leslie Rose Tsai Dr. Ian Read
Victoire Auguste-Dormeuil Saji Gunawardane Norman Tanber
Craig Boardman Judge Tully Seymour Dr. Tom Campbell
William Edwards Rick Putnam Ferdinando Guerra
Helen Haig Brett Mills Ryan Miller
Ryan Quirk