CCWA appointed Heather Hodges as President and Ambassador in Residence and the R. Henry Norweb Chair in November 2011. Ambassador Hodges was U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador from August 2008 to April 2011, before which she served in Washington, D.C. A native of Cleveland, she left the Foreign Service in September 2011 after 31 years of service.
With nearly 4 decades of professional experience, Maura has worked in the fields of education, marketing, banking, retail and the non-profit sector. Throughout her career Maura has provided the leadership and management for program design and implementation, community and stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. Maura joined the Council in 2012.
A native of Finland, Jenni joined the Council in November 2012. She brings in versatile experience in development, donor stewardship, events and database management. She is committed to strengthening and stewarding CCWA’s donor and member base, and developing philanthropic strategies to secure stronger support for the CCWA.
Melanie joined the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in April 2015 as Manager of Programming. Melanie is returning from living in Costa Rica where she worked as a teacher and conducted independent research on U.S. foreign policy, Central American issues and other related topics.
Charles Polinko joined the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in May 2015. He manages CCWA’s Model United Nations program and has taken a leadership role in implementing the new Academic WorldQuest Program in our region.
Following 16 months living in Guatemala, Katie joined the Council in 2015 as Program Assistant for the International Visitor Programs, and was soon promoted to the position of Program Officer, International Visitor Programs.
Andrew Kovach joined the Council in 2015 and serves as International Visitor Program Associate. Andrew holds a M.A. of Global Interactions from Cleveland State University.