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Executive Council

The Executive Council is the volunteer board of directors of the Society for Foreign Affairs. The Council ensures the Society carries out its charitable mission by setting policy, developing long-term strategy, and providing resources for Society programs.

Ambassador Patricia Butenis
President
Ambassador Butenis is an honorary sister in the Eta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at George Washington University. The Ambassador most recently served as the Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies in the Foreign Service Institute before retiring in 2014 with the rank of Career Minister. She was Ambassador to Sri Lanka and to Maldives from 2009 to 2012, Deputy Chief of Mission in Baghdad from 2007-2009, and before then Ambassador to Bangladesh and Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad. She received the Department of State's Baker-Wilkins Award for her service in Iraq.
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Spandana Singh
Vice President
Spandana Singh is an alumnus of the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Millennial Public Policy Fellow at New America, a think tank that seeks to bridge the gap between technology and policy in Washington, DC, where she works on projects related to counterterrorism, cybersecurity and digital transparency and rights. Prior to joining New America, Spandi was a Public Policy Fellow at Twitter in San Francisco, as well as a Consulting Intern at the World Bank Group and UNICEF in Indonesia.
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Louis Laverone
Treasurer
Louis Laverone is an alumnus of the Eta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at George Washington University. He currently serves as an attorney at the Financial Integrity Network, a counterterrorism and anti-money laundering consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining FIN, Louis was a fellow at the National Association of Attorneys General, worked in the Office of General Counsel at CARE, and served as Director of the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program.
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Central Staff

The Central Staff are the Society’s core volunteers. The Staff maintain the nonprofit’s infrastructure, respond to member questions and requests, and provide logistical support for member-organized events and projects.

John Pierce
Executive Director
John Pierce is an alumnus of the Eta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at George Washington University. He currently works as a federal consultant for Deloitte LLP. He graduated from George Washington University with degrees in International Security and History, focusing on nuclear security.
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Committee Leaders

Member committees are the driving force behind our everyday activities, including events, public policy projects, and service projects.

  • Journal of Foreign Affairs Steering Committee Chair: Julian Waller
  • Symposium Committee Chair: Spandana Singh
  • District of Columbia Coordinating Committee Chair: Amanda Silva
  • San Francisco Bay Coordinating Committee Chair: Shruthi Gopal