San Diego World Affairs Council’s work is organized though a number of committees. We are always open to welcoming new volunteers who want to offer their time and expertise in service to one or more these.
Committee Chair: Mary M. McKenzie
The Academic Outreach Committee focuses on SDWAC’s interactions with San Diego’s educational community. The committee plans to expand our programs to include additional opportunities for San Diego area high school and college and university communities.
Committee Chair: Reno L. Harnish, III
The Program Committee helps SDWAC fulfill its mission to educate by planning, developing, and organizing lectures, Flashpoint Discussions, forums, business luncheons, cultural dinners, ambassadorial banquets, and targeted symposia on global issues.
Committee Chair: Evan Toma
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.
Committee Chair: Susan Cersosimo
The Public Relations Committee increases the Council’s visibility through promoting and marketing SDWAC’s programs, news and events; building effective relations with press and media; and forging lasting partnerships with community organizations.
Committee Chair: Earl “Joe” Eldred
The Membership Committee develops and manages relationships with individual and institutional members; plays a role in managing event registrations; and ensures that each member's dues is accounted for.
Committee Chair: Christine M. Sheckler
The Development Committee identifies and pursues funding opportunities through sponsorships, grants, and donations.