Meet the Vice President of Travel

Shoshana Altrichter

Vice President of Travel

ext. 209 | saltrichter@wacphila.org

Shoshana has been with the travel department at the World Affairs Council for over fourteen years. Prior to joining the Council, she worked for the Jewish Federation in Philadelphia. Shoshana received her B.S. from Drexel University in Film & Video production with a minor in Political Science. She worked in the local film industry for a few years, before shifting her focus to the non-profit sector. Shoshana has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and has led many tours for the organization.

Meet the Associate Director of Travel

Brianne DelBonifro

Associate Director of Travel

ext. 217 | BDelBonifro@wacphila.org

Brianne DelBonifro is the Associate Director of Travel. Before joining WAC, she worked as a Research Assistant and Summit Coordinator at The University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Temple University in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. During her undergraduate career, she was a social work intern at a growing nonprofit, congressional intern, and even had the opportunity to teach English to refugees while studying abroad in Rome, Italy. Her career interests include, but are not limited to cultural immersion, human rights, and international politics.

Insider's Japan, March 24-April 5, 2021 led by:

Liz Brailsford

Liz Brailsford is Chief Operating Officer of the World Affairs Councils of America and leads WACA's operations and internal management of the national office. With much of her career in the international arena, Liz joins the office with a wealth of management experience in nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Most recently, Liz served as a full-time consultant for Panagora, a DC-based implementing partner of USAID, and the USDA's Food for Progress Program, responsible for communications at the former and research and analysis at the latter. Previously, she led the international department at Relocation Today, where she headed operations, management, business development, and client relations of the department, and also served on the boards of multiple Japan-related nonprofits, such as the Japan America Society of Minnesota, the JET Alumni Association of Minnesota, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. Liz began her career working several years in Japan for the JET Program. She holds an M.P.A in global policy from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School (and serves on the School's alumni association board) and a B.A. in media arts from the University of South Carolina.

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Island Life of Ancient Greece, Oct 22-30, 2020 led by:

Bill Clifford

Bill Clifford is President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC, where he leads WACA's national office and represents its nonpartisan nonprofit network of more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States. In March 2017, he was appointed nonresident senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also serves on the editorial board of the SAIS Review. In spring 2019, Bill joined the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute, a U.S. think tank. Before joining WACA six years ago, Bill was president of WorldBoston (2008-2013), a WACA member Council known for innovative programming, access to leaders, and a tradition of advancing public learning about critical international issues. Previously, Bill was a Tokyo-based journalist for more than a decade. He served as Asia bureau chief for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong. He broke into broadcast news with Asia Business News TV and was senior correspondent in Tokyo for CNBC Asia after its merger with ABN. Bill’s start in journalism came in graduate school and he reported on international business, finance, and politics for several newspapers. Bill holds an M.A. in Asia studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS, a B.A. summa cum laude in international relations and French literature from Tufts University, and a C.E.P. with distinction from Sciences Po in Paris.

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Scottish Isles, May 16 - 24, 2020 led by:

Lise Falskow

Lise Falskow is the President & CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council. She was born and raised in Alaska and holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College. She worked as a CPA in Seattle, Washington and Zurich, Switzerland. She then helped establish a Financial Analyst Group for the Energy Division of a major oil company in Oslo, Norway. As a dual Norwegian and US Citizen, her interest in world cultures has taken her to many exciting places, including her return to Anchorage, Alaska where she is the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul for Alaska. Lise is a member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society and was named one of Anchorage’s Top 40 Under 40. With close ties to the local community, she was recently appointed as the Honorary Commander of the F-22 fighter unit, known as the Dicemen. Lise has a passion for sports, music (including playing the piano), and has participated in 6 Ironman Triathlons.

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Arctic Expedition, June 9 - June 19, 2020 Led by:

Jim Falk

Jim Falk joined the non-profit, non-partisan World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth in 2001. He is president & CEO. The Council has been entertaining and enlightening North Texans since 1951 in Dallas and 1961 in Fort Worth, bringing history-makers and experts face to face with its members and the community, and supporting DFW trade and economic growth. Jim’s interest in international affairs was launched during his high school years which were spent in Tunis where he attended a French lycée. He is a Washington and Lee University graduate and earned his master’s in foreign affairs in international law and organization and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Virginia. If you ever spot Jim crashed out on one of his frequent marathon bike rides, he will probably be bleeding UVA Cavalier orange and blue. Jim spent ten years as a commercial banker for First City in Houston. His international career also includes stints at the Institute of International Education in Houston and the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. In April 2013, he was appointed Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Morocco for the state of Texas.

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Cruising the Adriatic Sea, September 10 - 18 led by:

Mimi Gregory

Mimi Gregory has been actively involved in international affairs for the better part of 35 years. Her affiliation with the World Affairs Councils began in Boston where she served as an active member of the Program Committee and served as its Vice-President. Since living in Naples she has been involved with the Naples Council on World Affairs, served as President for three years and continues as Program Chairman. She was appointed and remains Vice-President. Mimi was also appointed to the National Board of the World Affairs Councils of America, and was elected to serve on the Executive Committee. Mimi has been twice decorated by the French Government, most recently as “Commander of the National Order of Merit” in 2012, by decree of President Nicolas Sarkozy. Mimi has traveled extensively in Europe, has participated in Council Leadership Missions to Germany, Lebanon, Kuwait, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan and Iraq. She has also traveled to Afghanistan and Iran. Mimi has led two Council trips to France, three to the Danube and a trip to Iran.

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Persian Gulf Cruise, January 9-16, 2021, led by

Ambassador Mark Johnson

Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) completed 30 years as a career foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department serving as Ambassador to Senegal, Deputy Inspector General of the State Department, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kuwait, and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo, Egypt. He was the first American diplomat to return to the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City after it was liberated during the Desert Storm military campaign. He also was involved with the Middle East peace process in Cairo and helped negotiate the release of the American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis from 1979-81. He has led several World Affairs Council trips.

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Legendary Turkey, October 2 - 16, 2020, Led by:

Don Samford

Don Samford is a retired History/Social Science instructor from Eureka High School and Illinois Central College Psychology adjunct. He is currently active in the Peoria Area World Affairs Council where he is Past President and Chairman of the Education Outreach and Program Committees. Don is a past National Board Member of the World Affairs Councils of America, now serves on the Advisory Board and serves on the Global Education Committee. He gives presentations on a variety of historical and international events and specializes in the countries of Cuba and Turkey.

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Discovering Eastern Europe, July 30 - August 14, 2020 led by:

Dr. Carla Thorson

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs at World Affairs in Northern California, leads program design and management, including over 100 global policy forums each year, the global philanthropy forum and an education program for high school and college students. Prior to joining World Affairs, Dr. Thorson taught political science at UCLA and worked for the UCLA International Institute's Center for European and Eurasian Studies. As a consultant at the RAND Corporation and analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. she focused on democratization processes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics, and while working at IREX, she helped establish one of the first US nonprofit offices in Moscow in 1989-90. Thorson got her PhD in political science at UCLA, an MLitt at the University of Oxford and a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a world traveler, Dr. Thorson enjoys sharing her experiences with World Affairs members and has led several Council tours, including Cuba, Russia and Central Asia. She has also lectured on cruises to the Baltics, Antarctica and Iceland, and most recently on our 2018 trip to South Africa.

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Southern Africa Coastal Voyage: Maputo to Capetown, January 7 - 31, 2021 led by:

Megan Torrey

Megan Clark Torrey is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council of CT. Megan became the Executive Director in March 2014, after having served as Program Director since 2003. She oversees the development and delivery of world class programming that educates the community on global affairs. Recently, Megan implemented a nation-wide World Affairs Council series focused on global women’s health, helped pilot a leadership mission to Brazil and produced a mini-documentary on Henry Kissinger that featured several former Secretaries of State. Megan has facilitated the visits of several world leaders to the Council in Hartford. During her time at CTWAC, the Council has expanded the scope and reach of its programming by implementing new technology and communications initiatives. Ms. Torrey has two degrees in international relations and diplomacy. Her research interests include inclusive security and the role of women in post-conflict situations and citizen participation in foreign policy. Before joining the World Affairs Council in 2003, she worked with UNESCO’s International Year for the Culture of Peace at the headquarters in Paris and at the United Nations International Training Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. Megan has traveled extensively all over the world and including Council trips to Cuba and Nepal and Bhutan.

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European Coastal Cruise, May 8 - 17, 2020 led by:

Dr. Pamela Zeiser

Dr. Pamela A. Zeiser is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, and both a Masters degree in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zeiser teaches courses on International Relations and Europe, generally, with special interests in foreign policy and the European Union. Dr. Zeiser has lectured for previous World Affairs Council programs in Europe, including two previous programs in Germany and the Czech Republic, and has led student study abroad groups to Central Europe. She is a member of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, where she volunteers as liaison between the Council and the University of North Florida.

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