Our Staff

Liz Brailsford

President & CEO

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Liz Brailsford is president & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, joining the office from the World Affairs Councils of America, the umbrella organization in Washington, DC, where she served as chief operating officer.

Liz’s career has crossed all sectors, nonprofit, private, and public. She joined the Council with a wealth of experience in stakeholder relations, business development, program and event management, operations, and talent engagement. Her love of all things international began after undergrad during her years in the JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program, a Japanese government program that places native English-speaking teachers in public schools across the country. This experience cemented her desire to pursue a career in the international arena. Following Liz’s time in Japan, she led the international department at Relocation Today, a global mobility firm, where she headed operations, business development, client relations, and staff management of the department. After Relocation Today, she served as a consultant to Panagora, a DC-based implementing partner of USAID, and the USDA’s Food for Progress Program, responsible for communications at the former and research and analysis at the latter.

Liz has served on the boards of multiple Japan-related nonprofits, such as the Japan America Society of Minnesota, the JET Alumni Association of Minnesota, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee. She also regularly participates as a mentor in programs for young women professionals seeking careers in foreign policy and international relations. Liz is currently a member of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, the UN Association of the U.S., League of Women Voters, the DC JET Alumni Association, and a sustaining member of the U.S. JET Alumni Association.

She holds an M.P.A. in global policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School (and served on the school’s alumni association board) and a B.A. in media arts from the University of South Carolina.

Zac Harmon

Chief Financial Officer

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Zac Harmon is our Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for the business management and financial oversight of the World Affairs Council. Zac brings to the Council 13 years of nonprofit accounting experience and more than 25 years of accounting experience throughout various industries. He most recently served as the CEO/CFO at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County. Zac is also an award winning musician. Zac earned a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from Jackson State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Pepperdine University. A native of Jackson Mississippi, Zac spends his free time traveling and performing worldwide.

Emily Bastow

Director of Database Administration

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Emily Bastow joined the council in September of 2018. She was born in Spain and was able to spend many of her formative years living in Costa Rica and Mexico. She cherishes the exposure it gave her to different cultures and ways of life, and the understanding that there are many ways to live well. Emily earned her B.S. from Brigham Young University. After graduation, she worked as an accountant in the aerospace industry but more recently has worked with nonprofits. Emily, her husband, and their three children recently relocated to Dallas. They love spending time together as a family in the great outdoors: backpacking, hiking, etc. She also loves traveling, trying new recipes and is always reading at least one book.

Michael Boelter

Membership & Development Manager

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Michael Boelter joined the Council in 2021 after serving for eight years as Texas Scottish Rite Hospital ’s donation database manager. Michael’s record of success managing major organizational initiatives also includes positions in operations at One Technologies and research analysis at Friedman’s Jewelers. He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Jennifer Bowden

Director of Education

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Jennifer Bowden grew up in DFW, between a home and sailboat on Lake Ray Hubbard, and attended UNT for her Bachelor’s degree. Before joining WAC, she had been a secondary fine arts and geography teacher for a decade in two DFW districts. She served as Director of Education at the Council from 2007-2016 and returned to this role in July 2019. During her Council break, she served as an International Affairs Coordinator for a large school district. Jennifer holds two Fulbright awards, has written six published articles and won several local and national awards for her work in education. Her Master’s Degree is in International Education from University of Illinois and her favorite pasts time are global travel (31 countries and counting), ethnic cuisine and the arts.

Alana M. Buenrostro

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

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South Texas native Alana Buenrostro joined the Council in June 2014. She previously served as director of Membership for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce where she developed and implemented strategies for recruiting and retaining small business and corporate members, promoted business development, and managed seminars, networkers, and events. During her undergraduate studies, Alana completed a public affairs internship at Ross Communications in Austin in 2011 and served as a Commercial Service México Student Intern for the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in México City, México in 2010. She graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications studies in 2011. Her love for travel also led her abroad to study at Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires and in 2008 at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Guanajuato, México. As a Dean’s List student at Southwestern, she was president of the University Programming Council and a member of the Intercollegiate Track & Field and Cross Country teams. She enjoys music, reading and learning about different cultures.

Cynthia Dunn

Part-Time General Accountant

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Cynthia Dunn, our part-time general accountant, joined the Council in October 2021. She was born in East Texas but has lived in the DFW area most of her adult life. Her accounting experience has included financial services, retail, consumer staple products, automotive, and most recently local nonprofit. Most notably, Cynthia worked as a supervisor and accountant for over 25 years at Nissan North America. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington and an Associate of Arts degree from Tyer Junior College. In addition to walks in the park, listening to music, and spending time with family, Cynthia is committed to volunteering in the community with organizations that promote financial literacy.

Kiersten Kullenberg

Programs Manager

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Born and raised in Dallas, Kiersten Kullenberg graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations. While in college, Kiersten studied abroad in Morocco and focused her studies on the Arabic language and women in world religions. After she returned from Morocco, Kiersten worked in the study abroad office for three years to educate her fellow students about the countless benefits of world travel. Kiersten was a proud member of The Golden Band From Tigerland and is a member of several music honor organizations. Kiersten joined the Council in May 2018, after completing an extended internship with the programs department. She enjoys college football, political podcasts, and mastering the metro system in new cities!

Cameron O'Bannon

Director of Membership & Development

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Dallas native Cameron O’Bannon is the Council’s Director of Membership and Development. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, during which time he also earned an Attestation d’etudes politiques from Sciences Po Lyon. After college, he taught English at CMS College in Kottayam, Kerala, India. He attained a Masters in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. Upon returning to DFW he served as Program Director at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, an educational non-profit. Before joining the Council, he was a campaign staffer and freelance political consultant.

Martha Powell

Chief of Staff & Director of Administration

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Martha Powell is Chief of Staff and Director of Administration. In these roles, she is responsible for supporting the President & CEO, board communication, office management, and human resources. Her administrative experience includes governmental relations, public relations, philanthropy, and media. Previously, she worked at Hunt Consolidated, Inc. and for the managing editor of the Dallas Morning News. For four years the Dallas native owned her own business in Oak Cliff. She majored in English literature at the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Center for Nonprofit Management. Martha and her husband have a strong commitment to pet rescue and animal welfare. Martha volunteers with Paws in the City, serving on its board from 2008 to 2015 and as president from 2012-2014. Martha is webmaster of

Macs Reynolds

Protocol & International Visitors Manager

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Macs rejoins the Council, now as full-time staff after being an intern in 2015. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in International Relations and American Studies. In 2017 he lived in Madrid Spain, earning his Master’s in International Education from the Universidad de Alcala, and taught English and American culture as a part of the Teach and Learn program at Colegio Los Angeles in Getafe, Spain. Before joining the Councils ranks, he recently served as an Enrollment Advisor for the University of Texas at Dallas. In his free time, he likes to explore the outdoors and experience new foods, in addition to traveling around the world. Macs has a passion for all things music and as an accomplished jazz and classical musician, endeavors to promote cultural diplomacy through the arts and in everything he does.

Elaine Tricoli

International Visitor Program Manager

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Elaine Tricoli officially joined the Council staff in January 2018 as part of the Council’s merger with Global North Texas. Before her work arranging local programming for State Department international visitors, Elaine enjoyed a career in education – both as a classroom teacher and a librarian. She spent her childhood overseas in Colombia, Venezuela, Libya, and England. Elaine’s daughter was born while she lived in London – one of the many reasons that she describes herself as an Anglophile. Elaine earned her B.A. from the University of Texas and her M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University. Outside of work, Elaine enjoys crafting, flea marketing, decorating, entertaining, and spending time with her golden retriever, Mocha.

Rachel Vogel

Vice President of Programs

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Rachel Vogel is the Vice President of Programs at the Council. She joins the Council after working as a program officer for the World Affairs Council of Houston. Prior to this, Rachel interned at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Following her graduation from the University of Dallas in 2006 with a BA in History, she worked for FourthWall Media as a product coordinator. She then completed her MA in International Political Economy at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies in 2009, while interning for Environmental Security International. She is the founder of the BSIS Volunteer Forum, specifically focusing on work with refugees living in Brussels, Belgium.


Daniel Wohlberg

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Daniel Wohlberg is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Council. He graduated in 2007 with a BA in Marketing Communications and worked for a variety of nonprofits as a marketing coordinator before returning to school for an additional degree in Graphic Design. Upon completion in 2016, he took a role Sprint (later T-Mobile) as a designer and art director, working directly with the CEO's communications team and the corporate brand. Daniel is passionate about the National Parks and musical theatre.



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