Thanks to Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, for his special message to World Affairs Council of San Antonio guests at the 2023 International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner!


About us

The World Affairs Council of San Antonio was chartered in July 1982. It is a not-for-profit and non-partisan citizen’s educational forum focusing on foreign policy issues that affect our lives directly. Entirely local in governing and support, it services all individuals and organizations interested in its goals. We are a member of the World Affairs Councils of America.

Our Mission

We strive to promote public understanding of world affairs and United States foreign policy and to enhance the ability of its citizens and future leaders to participate in a global community. We accomplish our mission by presenting lectures, organizing discussion groups, sponsoring educational outreach programs, and hosting deliberative sessions for young professionals.

Council Bylaws

Most recent bylaws can be reviewed here.

Staff Members

  • Armen Babajanian

    Chief Executive Officer

  • Chloe Richardson

    International Programs Specialist

  • Maryann Pagerly


Board Members


Executive Committee
  • Patrick B. Tobin

    At Large
  • W. Glenn Thomas

  • Peggy Pace

    Immediate Past Chair/Nominating
  • Elizabeth Lorenz

  • Nicolas Hollis

    At Large
  • Ben Montañez

    At Large
Vice Chairs
  • Julie Weber

  • A.B. Cruz III

  • Lisa Blonkvist

  • Jan Ross P. Sakian

    Secretary/Young Prof
  • Patricia Diaz Dennis

    Senior Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, AT&T (retired)

    Immediate Past Chair/Nominating

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