San Diego World Affairs Council’s work is organized though a number of committees. We would be delighted to welcome interested volunteers to offer their time and expertise in service on one or more committees.

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The Development Committee identifies and pursues funding opportunities through sponsorships, grants, and donations.

Committee Chair: Rewa Colette Soltan


The Program Committee helps the San Diego World Affairs Council to fulfill on its mission to educate through plans, develops, and organizes lectures, Flashpoint Discussions, forums, business luncheons, cultural dinners, ambassadorial banquets, and targeted symposia on global issues.

Committee Chair: Reno L. Harnish, III


The Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing the San Diego World Affairs Council’s performance, develops the budget, and analyzes the performance of any established endowment funds. This committee is chaired by the Treasurer of the San Diego World Affairs Council.

Chief Financial Officer and Committee Chair: Dan Ruchman


The Public Relations Committee increases the Council’s visibility in the community through developing and maintaining working relations with the media, producing appropriate publicity materials and maintaining interactions with other organizations.

First Vice President and Acting Committee Chair: Lulu Hsu


The Membership Committee develops and manages relationships with individual and institutional members.

Committee Chair:  Earl “Joe” Eldred


The Academic Outreach Committee focuses on SDWAC’s interactions with San Diego’s educational committee. Currently, the centerpiece of this committee’s work is the Academic WorldQuest, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. The committee plans to expand our programs to include additional opportunities for San Diego area high school and college and university communities.

Committee Chair: Mary M. McKenzie