The International Affairs Program (IAFS) Advisory Board meets twice a year on the Boulder campus to discuss IAFS Advisory Board projects such as Global Grants and Mentorship Program as well as alumni events and other potential projects. IAFS Advisory Board members have diverse career and volunteer backgrounds, and are all dedicated to the mission of providing excellent opportunities to our IAFS students. Our board members are listed below.  Click here to donate to the IAFS Advisory Board fundraising initiative, the Global Grants Study Abroad Scholarship.


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Alexander F. Becker

Chair of the Board
Alexander F. Becker, International Affairs, German ’06. Alex co-founded and currently runs REC, a Denver-based commercial real estate company. Previously, Alex held positions at Citrix Online where he developed a market entry strategy into the Asia Pacific region, and at Saudi Aramco where he generated solutions to complex legal issues ranging from international mergers and acquisitions to land use permit compliance. Following his studies at CU including an exchange year...
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Evan Hanson

Vice Chair of the Board
Evan Hanson, International Affairs ‘13. Evan currently serves as an Air Force Logistics Readiness Officer. Originally from Hotchkiss, Colorado, he discovered a passion for international affairs while studying abroad in France through the Rotary Youth Exchange and focused on the Middle East while studying at CU. Evan also holds a MS in Organizational Leadership from Regis University and is currently stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as Special Assistant...
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Paul Beddie

Board Member
International Affairs ‘89 Paul is the International Ambassador for SAP Japan’s Office of Globalization, supporting Japan-headquartered company executives and board members to further their globalization initiatives and leverage their SAP software investments. A keen advocate of sustainability, he’s also a leader of SAP’s customer enabling strategies for Sustainability Governance and ESG Compliance in the APJ (Asia Pacific Japan) region. Though he focused on Western Europe while at CU, including a...
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Alexander Bracken

Honorary Board Member
Alexander E. (Sandy) Bracken is the former Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership. He was instrumental in the development of the leadership studies minor to ensure all undergraduates have access to leadership education. Bracken served as the executive director of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the CU Denver Business School from 2001 to 2007, and he became the 19th president of the University of Colorado in...
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Mary Ann Casey

Honorary Board Member
Ambassador Mary Ann Casey (ret.), Past Chair and International Affairs Alumna. Mary Ann is a passionate internationalist, who parlayed her CU degree in International Affairs into a highly successful career as an American diplomat, including stints as the U.S. Ambassador to Algeria and later to Tunisia. She is a keen supporter of CU Boulder's efforts to produce globally competitive IA graduates.
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Robert Dannenberg

Board Member
International Affairs '78 Rob is an independent consultant on geopolitical and security risk. From 2009 to 2014, he was a managing director and head of the Office of Global Security for Goldman Sachs. From 2014 to 2021, Rob was an advisor to Goldman Sachs and the firm’s clients on geopolitical risk. Prior to joining the firm, Rob worked at BP plc where he was the director of International Security Affairs...
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Vicki J. Huddleston

Board Member
Ambassador Vicki J. Huddleston (ret.), International Affairs ‘64. Vicki has served as both Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Africa and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, responsible for U.S. policy toward West and Francophone Africa. Vicki also led American diplomatic missions in Mali, Madagascar, Cuba, and Ethiopia and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution; a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School...
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Faith Larsen

Board Member
Faith Roeser Larsen, International Affairs, ‘76. Following her studies at CU, Faith attended the American Graduate School of Int’l Mgt (Thunderbird) where she received a Master’s of International Management. Faith spent her international finance career at Bank of America, in the Chicago and New York offices, where she worked on the sovereign debt rescheduling for Poland and with the US Dept. of Agriculture to rewrite its export incentive program adding...
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Benjamin Lourie

Board Member
Benjamin Lourie, International Affairs & Russian ‘16. Ben works in Moscow as a product owner for a software development company. Following his studies at CU during which he was a student at Saint Petersburg State University on a Global Grant scholarship, Ben received an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Prior to business school, Ben taught at a university in Siberia on a Fulbright Grant and...
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Richard R. Porreca

Honorary Board Member
Richard F. Porreca served as the chief operating officer of the University of Colorado at Boulder for 12 years, prior to his retirement in 2012. During his more than three decades of service to the University, in addition to Senior Vice Chancellor, Ric held positions including Chief Financial Officer, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer, Vice Chancellor for Budget and Finance, Dean of Students, and CU System Assistant Vice President...
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Richard (Dick) R. Thomas

Board Member
International Affairs ’68 Dick began his career with Liberty Mutual Insurance in San Francisco and returned to Denver a few years later to join a startup wholesale property and casualty insurance broker and underwriter, Adco General Corporation. Adco represented over fifty American and British markets including Underwriters at Lloyds and was licensed in all fifty states. Dick became the company’s sole principal in 1990 and sold the company in 2017...
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Jonathan Visbal

Board Member
Jonathan Visbal, International Affairs & Economics ‘79. Jonathan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, California; is on the Board of Yawye, a startup using emojis to determine organizational sentiment; and is a Senior Advisor to the HiPER Solutions Group which is focused on change management optimization. For nearly two decades, he served as a leadership advisor and executive recruiter at Spencer...
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Brewster H. Waddell

Board Member
International Affairs ‘84 Brewster Waddell is the CEO of Theodore Waddell Designs, a high-end lighting design company based in Frisco, Texas. He has over twenty years’ experience establishing profitable business channels for U.S. financial service and technology companies throughout Latin America and is well-networked at the C+ levels within many of the top tiered banks and financial institutions in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico. Prior to...