The International Affairs Program (IAFS) Advisory Board meets twice a year on the Boulder campus to discuss the two programs and future projects.  Current board members come from across the United States.  They 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

Alexander F. Becker, Chair. 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...
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Faith Larsen

Faith Roeser Larsen, Vice Chair. 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...
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Alexander Bracken

Alexander E. (Sandy) Bracken Sandy 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...
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Mary Ann Casey

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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Steve Ginther

Steve Ginther, International Affairs ‘89 For over 25 years, Steve has worked in international education and development, specializing in program management. As the Director of International Programs at the Humpty Dumpty Institute, Steve managed the Higher Education Alliance and provided overall programmatic, operational and logistic support to HDI’s development programs in Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, and Burma. Steve has also worked with various NGO’s such as the Global Fund for...
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Evan Hanson

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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Vicki J. Huddleston

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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Susan Janes-Johnson

Susan Janes-Johnson, International Affairs ‘83 Following her studies at CU, Susan earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Currently a Senior Digital Content Strategist at Regions Bank, she has spent her career in communications and marketing roles at JPMorgan Chase, Ernst & Young (EY) and as an independent consultant. Susan is committed to advancing access to education...
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Zachary Livingston

Zachary Livingston, International Affairs ‘10 Zach is currently the Head of Sales at ClearTrace, a cloud-based SaaS company enabling stakeholders to track, trace, and manage their clean energy footprint. Zach was previously the 'Director of Sales - USA' at AlsoEnergy and the 'Vice President of Sales/Head of the Americas' at Locus Energy; both companies supplying solutions for the monitoring and analytics of renewable energy assets. Earlier in Zach's career, he...
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Benjamin Lourie

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

Richard F. Porreca Ric 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, he 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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Tom Thomas

Lecturer, University of Colorado Boulder; Former Historian, National Park Service
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Jonathan Visbal

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...