Our board is comprised of citizens who have made and continue to make significant contributions to the Hampton Roads community and to our nation. Among our diverse board members are former United States ambassadors, senior U.S. military officers (ret.), distinguished educators from area universities and high schools, successful business leaders in Technology, Economics, Law, Finance, Global Commerce, Communications, Philanthropy and veterans of the Defense and State departments. They volunteer their time, support our programs and share their experiences and insights into national and international events and movements and their impacts on Greater Hampton Roads. 
To contact any of our Board Members, please email

Dear Friends, 
Welcome to the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads website. Our aim is to provide you with the information you seek each time you visit. Whether you want to become more aware of international issues; become a member; sponsor a student, high school, or program; register for events; browse our photo gallery; become an intern; or learn more about the World Affairs Council, we are pleased you are here. Explore at your leisure and come back often. It is your world, know it! 

Our central theme is education--we aim to promote a broader understanding of issues of global importance. We bring world and corporate leaders and subject matter experts to the region to facilitate a public awareness of key international issues as well as to raise the profile of Hampton Roads among national and international policy makers.  
We appreciate your support through membership, donations, and sponsorship. Your contributions help shape future generations of leaders from Hampton Roads and help make the area more attractive to young professionals seeking a vibrant international community to live in.  

Thank you for contributing to the growth and development of the Council and our outreach to high schools, colleges, businesses, and the community.

Warm regards, 
Cindy Miller, Ph.D.
​World Affairs Council of 
Greater Hampton Roads

A Message from the President: 


Al Ablowich

S. Beryl Adler

Olusoji Akomolafe, Ph.D.

Priscilla Rabb Ayres

RADM Larry Baucom, USN (Ret)

Ann Baumler

RADM Harold J. Bernsen, USN (Ret) 

BG Matt Brand, USA (Ret.)

Francisco Coronel, Ph.D.

Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker

Martin Einhorn

Cary Hagen

Jack Hurley

Patrick  J. Jackson

Virginia G. James

Mark Johnson

Regina Karp, Ph.D.

Margaret Little

Nina Malone

Cindy Miller, Ph.D.

Ralph Nahra

Barry Pollara

ADM Joseph Prueher, USN (Ret) 

David Rezelman, Ph.D.

MG Robert Sullivan, USA (Ret.)

Kelly Walker

Scott Wheeler

Maria Zammit

Board of directors:


Cindy Miller, Ph.D 

Vice President
Brigadier General Matt Brand, USA (Ret.)

Priscilla Rabb Ayres

Virginia G. James 

President Emeritus
Ralph Nahra

Immediate Past President
Al Ablowich