Announcing the Council's New CEO - Lauren Swartz

A Letter from Michael Farrell, Chairman of the Board

Dear Friends of the Council,

After eight years as President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, Craig Snyder will be moving on, effective September 30, to the next chapter of his career. On behalf of the Board, I extend to Craig our sincere gratitude for his leadership and long-standing commitment to the mission of this organization.

I am delighted to announce that the next leader of this gem in the crown of Philadelphia’s civic community will be Lauren Swartz.

Lauren comes to the Council from her previous role as Deputy Commerce Director, International Business and Global Strategy for the City of Philadelphia.  She emerged as our top choice through a very careful and considered search process.  I can speak for the entire search committee when I say that we were impressed with all the potential candidates who vied for this role and feel confident that Lauren is eminently qualified. Her strong non-profit background, extensive international experience, and business acumen all contributed to our decision to hire her.   We look forward to the next period of the Council’s ongoing growth and development under her leadership.

"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" - Lauren Swartz

During September, Craig and Lauren will transition executive responsibilities at the Council, and Lauren’s leadership will get into full swing as of October 1. I am hopeful many of you will get a chance to know Lauren in the ensuing months as she begins to steward the organization to our future.

On the occasion of this transition, I’d like to thank everyone in the World Affairs Council family for supporting this organization over the last 71 years and, of course particularly, during these challenging times in which we are all living.

May we be back to seeing each other in person again soon and regularly, and may the Council soon be able to once again undertake its full suite of activities in furtherance of its guiding credo, “democracy demands discourse.”

Be well,

Michael S. Farrell
Chairman of the Board
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia