Staff Biographies
 Jane Oates

Jane Oates

Interim President and CEO

Jane Oates is formerly Vice President for External Affairs at the Apollo Group. Prior to joining the Apollo Group in June, 2013, Ms. Oates served as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. Immediately before joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Oates served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under Governor Jon Corzine. For the preceding decade Ms. Oates worked as senior advisor to Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Earlier in her career Ms. Oates was the Director of Field Services at the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education where she was engaged in research on inclusion, community schools, charter schools, and the work of the federally funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory. Ms. Oates began her career as a special education teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools. She holds a BA in Special Education from Boston College and an M.ED in Reading from Arcadia University.

Stephanie Fassler

International Affairs Director 

Stephanie Fassler is the International Affairs Director at the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC. In this capacity she manages the International Affairs Public Programs of WAC-DC to provide timely, substantive, headline-driven programs with experts and opinion leaders that examine the challenges and critical issues facing the world today. This is the third position Stephanie has held at WAC-DC since joining in 2011, as she previously served as Program Assistant and International Affairs Officer. Stephanie’s responsibilities as Director have focused on planning and implementing the WAC-DC’s high-caliber International Affairs Public Programs that serve as a forum for discussion between foreign policy makers, practitioners, and the American public, increasing engagement and awareness of international affairs and foreign policy issues of our increasingly interconnected world. Stephanie has managed a number of programs involving international affairs experts, US and foreign government officials, US and foreign ambassadors, including NASA Charles Bolden, the President of the Republic of Congo, Former Secretaries of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Gen. Colin Powell, as well as Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Stephanie also oversees the diplomatic and government involvement for the Council’s annual ‘World Affairs - HONORS’ Global Education Gala, which has seen a steady increase in participation from those respective communities over the last three years.  Stephanie earned a Master's degree at American University in the Comparative and Regional Studies program of the School of International Service May 2011. In the summer of 2010 she interned in the Conflict Studies Department at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, Belgium, assessing the impact of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership on peace and security A native of California, she graduated from California State University, Stanislaus in 2007 with her bachelor’s degree in political science. Stephanie is a member of Psi Sigma Alpha, the California Scholarship Federation, and Toastmasters International.  

 Sarah McLewin Kincaid

Sarah McLewin Kincaid

Global Education Director

Sarah directs the World Affairs Council Global Education programs for educators and middle and high school students. Prior to her role at WAC-DC, she founded and directed George Mason University's Conflict Resolution Youth Summit, a summer program for high school students in the D.C. area. She also served as an academic advisor and community development coordinator at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. As an advisor, she coordinated the undergraduate Peacebuilding Fellows program and led an annual field trip to the United Nations. She has a passion for working with young people through education and mentoring. Sarah has experience working with middle, high school, and college-aged students from diverse backgrounds. She has taught for Alexandria City Public Schools, George Mason University, and Berea College. In 2014 she was the homestay coordinator for the Indonesia Youth Leadership Program of George Mason University, an exchange program for high school Indonesian students. Sarah is an alumna of George Mason University, where she earned a master of science in conflict analysis and resolution, concentrating on youth political and civic participation in North Africa. As a master’s student, she was awarded the Chantal Paydar Fellowship for her research on youth participation in civil society in Tunisia. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Berea College in English and Peace and Social Justice.

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