Ambassador Heather Hodges

President and Ambassador-in-Residence, R. Henry Norweb Chair

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 and Ambassador to Moldova from 2003 to 2006. She served 31 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Carina Van Vliet

Chief Executive Officer

Carina Van Vliet joined the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in January 2019. As Chief Executive Officer, Carina is committed to nurturing local citizens’ international curiosity and understanding of the world. She brings international experience and perspective to CCWA.

Jenni Carney

Director of Development and Marketing

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.

Amy Moniot

Manager of Programming

Amy Moniot joined the Council as Manager of Programming in October 2021, and oversees the organization’s speaker forums, including the Foreign Policy Forum and Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations, and other programming.

Elizabeth Colvin

Manager of Global Education, Maura O’Donnell-McCarthy Center for Global Understanding

Elizabeth joined the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in June 2018. In her current role, Elizabeth is responsible for our continuing education and cross-cultural communication training programs.

Andrew Kovach

Program Officer, International Visitors

Andrew Kovach joined the Council in 2015 and serves as Program Officer for International Visitor Programs. Andrew oversees the Council’s international exchange programs and works with our Citizen Diplomat volunteers.

Maria Garcia-Olalla

Program Associate, International Exchanges

Maria joined the Council in October 2021 and serves as Program Associate for International Exchanges. Maria is in the process of obtaining her M.A. in Non-profit Administration from John Carroll University. From 2019-2020, Maria worked at CCWA as an International Visitors Fellow

Veronica Ruhe

Program Associate, Student Programs

Veronica joined the Council in October 2021 and serves as Program Associate for Student Programs. She oversees the Council’s Model UN program, Academic WorldQuest competition, and Junior World Affairs Councils program.

Grace Blanchard

Office Coordinator

Grace joined the Council in October 2021 as Office Coordinator. She is responsible for enhancing the Council’s efficiency and effectiveness by providing high-level administrative support and strengthening office operations.

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