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.


Education Assistant

Jack Horrigan

Jack Horrigan is a rising senior at Georgetown University. He majors in International Politics with concentration in Security Studies. As Education Assistant, Jack assists Nicole, Education Director, with the Model UN program, focusing on researching and writing Topic Guides for the conference. He loves to travel and is always in search of an adventure.

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