Board of Governors

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

Brandon Krapf
Brandon Krapf has 18 years in the international security field in various capacities, including service as a decorated combat veteran. Brandon holds a B.A. in International Studies from The American University in Washington, DC and was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Pi Chapter’s founding 9th Line. Brandon also founded American University’s Student Veterans of America chapter & is a member of The Delta Chi Fraternity. Brandon studied Arabic in Yemen and has traveled, lived or worked in over 60 countries. Brandon is currently living and working in the Middle East.
Amanda Silva
Vice President
Amanda Silva is a D.C. community leader and grassroots organizer. Amanda is an alumna and former president of the Pi Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at American University. A believer in community engagement, she is a leader many DC volunteer organizations. As 2017 Elite Miss District of Columbia for Miss Earth United States, she promoted civic engagement, volunteerism and community building. Amanda served in the Peace Corps in Indonesia. Amanda currently works in Digital Supporter Engagement and Innovation at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her background is in development, communications, and corporate partnerships. Amanda received a B.A. in Studio Art: Multimedia and a minor in International Development from American University.
Louis Laverone
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 USA, and served as Director of the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program. Louis received a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law. He has written for Foreign Affairs and volunteers with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Project and DC Bar Pro Bono Center.
Lee Winkler
Lee Winkler is a 2018 Masters in Public Policy graduate of the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where he also attained his undergraduate degree. Lee concentrated in economic development policy and boasts professional experience in the field via the public sector and as a researcher. Lee was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon’s Eta Chapter’s 70th line.

Core Volunteers

The Council’s core volunteers 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.

Committee Leaders

Member committees are the driving force behind our everyday activities, giving members forums to organize 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