OUR TEAM

Megan Torrey
CEO

Megan Torrey

Amanda
Vice President of Programs & Communications

Amanda Jolly

Nicole
Education and Special Projects Director

Nicole Struth

Caroline
Virtual Communications Specialist

Caroline Schaefer

CEO

Megan Torrey

Megan Clark Torrey is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council of CT. Megan became the Executive Director in March 2014, after having served as Program Director since 2003. She oversees the development and delivery of world class programming that educates the community on global affairs. Recently, Megan implemented a nation-wide World Affairs Council series focused on global women’s health, helped pilot a leadership mission to Brazil and produced a mini-documentary on Henry Kissinger that featured several former Secretaries of State. Megan has facilitated the visits of several world leaders to the Council in Hartford. During her time at CTWAC, the Council has expanded the scope and reach of its programming by implementing new technology and communications initiatives. Ms. Torrey has two degrees in international relations and diplomacy. Her research interests include inclusive security and the role of women in post-conflict situations and citizen participation in foreign policy. Before joining the World Affairs Council in 2003, she worked with UNESCO’s International Year for the Culture of Peace at the headquarters in Paris and at the United Nations International Training Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. A member of several professional organizations, Megan has traveled extensively all over the world.

Vice President of Programs & Communications

Amanda Jolly

As Vice President, Programs and Communication at the World Affairs Council, Amanda delivers over 25 public events annually, hosting world leaders, experts and changemakers to engage the diverse Hartford-area community on global issues. Prior, Amanda has worked with non-profits around the globe, from Ghana to the Philippines, and in the U.S., from San Francisco to D.C. Amanda holds a B.A. in International Service from American University. She is an active volunteer for local and international organizations. In 2019, Amanda served as a tech advisor with WAKE International in Kigali, Rwanda. She was inducted into the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019 by the Hartford Business Journal. Amanda is a native of Hebron, Connecticut and a proud former high school delegate of the CTWAC Model UN.

Education and Special Projects Director

Nicole Struth

Nicole is the Education and Special Projects Director working to manage and expand CTWAC’s education related programs such as the annual Model UN. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State University, teaching a course on world governments, economies, and cultures. Nicole completed a dual graduate degree program, receiving an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Masters of Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to her studies, Nicole served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington State assisting with the management of a college preparedness program for underserved high school students. Nicole has extensive travel experience that includes living abroad in Germany and The Netherlands.

Virtual Communications Specialist

Caroline Schaefer

Caroline grew up locally in Avon, CT and graduated with a degree in international relations and Middle Eastern & Islamic studies from Colgate University in 2018. She studied Arabic for all four years at Colgate and wrote her honors thesis on the Islamic State and its media strategy. Though she could not study abroad due to her commitment to Colgate’s Division I field hockey program, she did have the opportunity to study in Morocco for three weeks. Caroline is currently Virtual Communications Specialist with the World Affairs Council of CT following her positions as Consultant and Global Fellow. She is interested in counterterrorism, the role of media in world affairs, and history of the Middle East.

FELLOWS & INTERNS

Project Consultant and Liaison for the Global Security Forum

Alden Leader

Marketing, Communications & Media Assistant

Kaylen Jackson

Education Assistant

Hailey Espinosa

Project Consultant and Liaison for the Global Security Forum

Alden Leader

Alden is also a 2021 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist. Alden was formerly on the CTWAC team as a Global Fellow, formerly a fellow at The Leadership Council for Women in National Security, and an editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the flagship academic publication for the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Alden holds an M.A. from the Georgetown Security Studies Program.  She also holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Northwestern University.

Marketing, Communications & Media Assistant

Kaylen Jackson

Kaylen Jackson goes to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and is a Public Policy and Law major with a concentration in International and Human Rights and a Rhetoric minor. During her time at Trinity she has had the opportunity to travel to Japan on the Techno’s International Tour. She spent her junior year studying Politics and English abroad at the University of Oxford. Kaylen is currently the Marketing, Communications, and Media Assistant with the World Affairs Council of CT.

Education Assistant

Hailey Espinosa

Hailey is from Glastonbury, CT but is now a sophomore at the University of Michigan. She hopes to major in Public Policy with a minor in Gender and Nation. She hopes to study abroad as soon as the pandemic allows and eventually attend law school.

Interested in joining our team? Check out our Fellowship & Intern opportunities!

SECURITY

Cabot
Security Consultant

Cabot

Security Consultant

Cabot

Cabot is a good boy.

Leading his team at the Hartford Police Department, Vice, Intelligence, & Narcotics Division, Cabot keeps our community safe at CTWAC events.

 

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