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Who We Are

The World Affairs Council Tacoma (WACT) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to promote public understanding of world affairs, and to enhance the ability of its members to engage in a global community.  We accomplish our mission through various programs including the Annual Consular Association Reception and Travel Talks.  We feature guest speakers such as international figures, academics, business professionals, and journalists.  Speakers provide the opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful discussions about world affairs.

Officially incorporated on March 25, 1988, the World Affairs Council Tacoma is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational 501(c)(3) organization. It is affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), an organization of over one hundred councils nationwide with over one million members. Our local leadership and support comes from the Tacoma-Pierce County region and our activities are funded by individual members and local corporations.

Current Officers

Marcia Garrett

Co-Vice President
Arthur DeLong



Current Board Membership

Mariam Anderson
Debbie Bingham
Frank Boykin
Josh Clearman
Brian Ebersole
Bill Evans
Michael Fowler
Syed Jamal
Erling Kuester
John Lucas, Ph.D
Will McGuire
James Newman
Cynthia Palazzolo
Theresa Pan Hosley
Maura White

Ex-Officio Board Members
Elizabeth Willis
Lin Zhou
Tong Zhu

Roslyn Townsend

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950 Pacific Avenue Suite 310 Tacoma, Washington 98402
Phone: 253-251-2750 | Email:
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