The World Affairs Council is governed by a 75-person Board of Trustees, composed of 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.
Leslie McNamara was nominated by the Board of Trustees and elected by the general members as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the World Affairs Council of Orange County Chapter for 2013 - 2014. 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.
Class of 2013-2016
Janis Agopian - TASQ, Inc.
Travis Allen – California State Assembly
Regina Campbell - Law Office of Regina Campbell
Susan Choi - Law Offices of Choi & Choi
Dr. Steven Choi – Mayor, City of Irvine
Dr. Thomas Coad
William Craycraft – William Craycraft & Associates
Taymor Shah Kamrany – Raytheon
Dr. Menas Kafatos – Chapman University
Donna Kendall – The Donna Kendall Foundation
Errol Mathieu - Mathieu & Co. CPAs
Rod & Liz Maxson - University of Phoenix
Mark Minyard - Minyard Morris
Rick Muth - Orco Products
Ken Petersen - First American
Margaret Quick-Sarver - Quick Rios Associates
David Sheraton - R&D Medical Products
David Smith - Seven Gables
Hal Smith, Jr.
Norm Tanber - Merrill Lynch
Ted Wallace - Rutan & Tucker
Class of 2011-2014
Frank Barbaro – Frank P. Barbaro & Assoc.
Sean Cao – Great Far East
James Doti - Chapman University
Alejandra Garcia-Williams - Consul of Mexico, Orange County
Donna Gilbert - DKG Medical
Ron Gwak – Sunny Electronics
Hon. James Gray – Retired Superior Court Judge
Mark Chapin Johnson - Chapin Medical Company
Dr. Parmis Khatibi - UCI Medical Center
Howard J. Klein - Intellectual Property Lawyer
Dr. Bogie Maglich
James Mayer – Hallmark Aviation
Leslie McNamara - McNamara Fiduciary Group
Santosh Mohanty, M.D.
Dr. Patrick Morgan - UC Irvine
Thomas Papa - CRESCO Capital
Dr. Harry Sahota - Sahota Cardiology
Hon. Tully Seymour
Rose Tsai - Law Office of Rose W. Tsai
Nora Valenzuela - NIPOC
Class of 2012-2015
William Crosby - Barnes, Crosby, Fitzgerald & Zeman
Saeed FakhriRavari - Soka University
Dr. Mildred Garcia – President, Cal State Fullerton
Bruce Hallenbeck - Morgan Stanley
Jim Hindman - Allergan Foundation
Christine Johnson – Competitive Advantage, Inc.
Dr. Reza Karkia - American Institute of Higher Education
Sue Kint - Kint and Associates, Inc.
John Kuykendall - Benefit Solutions Company
Jim Knape - VQ OrthoCare
Gilles Olivier - Accuride International Inc
Seda Yaghoubian- Green Associates
Past Council Chairs
Dr. Giles Brown
Dr. Jo Ellen Chatham
Dr. James Coyle
Kathryn H. Creagan
Dr. Michael A. Moodian
Timor S. Rafiq
Ambassador George Argyros
Sir Eldon Griffiths
Ambassador John Mallot
Ambassador Robert Tuttle
Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez
Ambassador Linn Williams