Staff Biographies

Tony Culley-Foster

President and CEO

Tony Culley-Foster brings 35 years of extensive top-level international business strategy, government relations, brand development, cause marketing, strategic communications, entrepreneurship, fundraising, sponsorship and sales expertise, as well as a "can do" enthusiasm to his business and non-profit activities. After emigrating from Ireland to the United States, Culley-Foster worked as a Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago; and subsequently as Personal Assistant to W. Clement Stone,  Founder and Chairman of Combined Insurance Company of America, during its global transition to AON Corporation. (The world's second largest risk insurance company). In November 1985, Culley-Foster established CFCO International, a business consultancy specializing in business management, government relations, corporate communications, and support services to the senior management of European and Asian companies, who seek to enter the American market. CFCO also works with the World Bank, IMF, regional international finance institutions (IFIs) on international private public partnerships, political risk guarantees, project financing, international education and global communications. He is the founding Chairman of the Northern Ireland Partnership—USA and  Northern Ireland-United States Chamber of Commerce Inc; and Co-Founder of Today's IRELAND, a non-profit public service television channel in the US; as well as the former Founding Director and Chief Executive of The Congressional Award (Public Law -96-114), the nation's highest recognition Award program for voluntary service, personal development, expedition and physical fitness activities for America's youth. He has been involved with the Olympic Games since 1980 and represented the United States in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay in Ireland. He is profiled in Who's Who in the World; a Visiting Professor in Communications, University of Ulster; Board member of the Illinois Institute of Technology - Stuart School of Business; and a recipient of  HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award; and numerous American and international commendations for voluntary service, social responsibility and contribution to peace in Northern Ireland.

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. 

Kristin Roach

Global Communications Director

Kristin Roach joined the World Affairs Council-DC in October 2015. As Global Communications Director, Kristin develops and implements outreach and communications strategies for the World Affairs Council-DC and oversees the organization's digital campaigns to reach audiences of 14,000 subscribers. Kristin manages all aspects of the WAC-DC's social engagement platforms and works with internal and external entities to organize, plan and execute events and programs for the World Affairs Council-DC. Prior to joining the World Affairs Council-DC, Kristin served as Strategic Media and Communications Officer at the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, DC during a critical time in the country's history: elections and the formation of a new democratic government and the US-led coalition's fight against the Islamic State. Kristin began her career in Washington, DC as an Editor at PR Newswire. Kristin is a member of the National Press Club, where she is the Instagram Platform Chief. She volunteers as media director at the Iraqi Children Foundation. Kristin graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor's in Electronic Media and Communications and was an NCAA Division I collegiate swimmer.

Amanda Stamp

Global Education Director

Amanda Stamp joined the World Affairs Council –Washington, DC as the Global Education Director in 2006. In her role at the Council, Amanda is in charge of all aspects of the global education programs for both high school students and educators. Over the years she has been actively engaged in developing best practices in global education by developing timely and thought provoking programs to help prepare our youth to compete in an increasingly global economy, and helping educators bring global perspectives into our nation’s classrooms.   As a direct result of her program management, WAC-DC’s global education programs have increased by more than 90%. Amanda is also responsible for developing and maintaining community outreach and partnerships with higher education institutions, secondary education institutions, educator networks, government institutions, and international affairs organizations.  As an advocate and practitioner of global education, Amanda has presented and spoken at a number of conferences, workshops and schools and to a wide range of audiences including educators, administrators, parents and students on the importance of global education opportunities for students and educators.  Prior to her work at the Council, Amanda worked and studied in China.  She taught English in Beijing to both students and adults as well as lectured on cross-cultural understanding. Amanda earned her Master’s degree from George Mason University in International Commerce and Policy with a focus on business and trade in emerging economies.  She received an interdisciplinary BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and is currently learning Hindi. Amanda is a member of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and the National Council for the Social Studies.

Rachel Lacoste

Global Education Assistant Director

Rachel Lacoste is the Global Education Assistant Director at the World Affairs Council—Washington, DC.  In her role at the Council, Rachel manages all domestic programing including Professional Development Workshops, the Regional Academic WorldQuest Competition, the Young Ambassadors Program to Costa Rica, Leadership Academy for students, Summer Institute for teachers, and the Future Global Leaders Scholarship program. Prior to her time at the Council, Rachel served as both an educator and curriculum advisor in Shanghai, China where she was awarded the opportunity to co-create and pilot a teacher-training program for inexperienced teachers.  Following her three years in China, Rachel earned a Master’s Degree from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in International Education Development.  During her time at Columbia, Rachel worked as a graduate assistant for the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) through the SUNY Office of Global Affairs, aided in the construction of a professional development kit for untrained teachers living in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, and has presented her thesis on Cuban Education and Higher Education Collaboration to audiences in Cuba, and New York. She speaks Spanish and is working towards fluency in Mandarin Chinese.  Rachel is a member of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and is a member of the International Honors Society in Education (Kappa Delta Pi).

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