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.

President - Brandon Krapf

Brandon Krapf
Board of Governors President

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.


Vice President - Amanda Silva

Amanda Silva
Board of Governors Vice President

Amanda Silva is a D.C. community leader and grassroots organizer. She believes that communities are built by our willingness to serve others. Amanda is an alumna and Past President of the Pi Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at American University. She is the immediate Past President for the community-based Rotaract Club of Washington, DC and Board Member of Partnering for Peace: Friends of Rotary and Peace Corps. She serves the greater DC community as a member of Community Emergency Response Team DC and DC Local Ambassadors. 

As 2017 Elite Miss District of Columbia for Miss Earth United States, Amanda's platform was focused on civic engagement, volunteerism and community building. Amanda has served in Peace Corps Indonesia as an English Education and Youth Development Volunteer. Prior to Peace Corps, Amanda lived in Australia and Sri Lanka. Amanda currently works in Digital Supporter Engagement and Innovation at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Her background is in development, communications, and corporate partnerships. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Studio Art: Multimedia and minor in International Development from American University.


Treasurer - Louis Laverone

Louis Laverone
Board of Governors 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 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.


Secretary - Lee Winkler

Lee Winkler
Board of Governors Secretary

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.

Journal Managing Editor - Julian Waller

Julian Waller
Journal Managing Editor

Julian G. Waller is a Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University and a current member of the DPE Journal of Foreign Affairs Steering Committee. His research focuses on contemporary authoritarian regimes, especially in the post-Soviet space. He has been involved in the FAC since 2014 and looks to make the journal a strong outlet for smart, incisive commentary and analysis of foreign policy, international trade, and the important international political questions of our era.


Strategic Communications and Membership Coordinator - Rebecca Galanti

Rebecca Galanti
Strategic Communications and Membership Coordinator

Rebecca Galanti is an alumna of the Eta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority. She studied International Affairs and History at the George Washington University, with focuses on transatlantic relations and European politics. She currently works as a communications specialist for a political consulting firm.


Fundraising Specialist - Charlotte Ishida

Charlotte Ishida
Fundraising Specialist

Charlotte Ishida is an alumna of the Pi Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at American University.  She graduated from American University with an M.A. in International Relations, focusing on China and national security.  Charlotte is now a national security researcher in Washington, D.C.


Chapter Liasion - Chris Hard

Chris Hard
Chapter Liasion

Chris Hard is an alumnus of the Pi Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at American University. He currently works as Director of Government Relations at SocialSphere LLC. He graduated from American University with a degree in International Relations, focusing on America's role in the Middle East.


President’s Emeriti

Former Board of Governors presidents continue to provide advice, support, and institutional knowledge as members of the Council’s Advisory Board.

Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis (Ret.)

Patricia A. Butenis
President Emerita, 2016-2018

Patricia A. Butenis 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.  Ambassador Butenis also served in Karachi, San Salvador, New Delhi, attended the National War College, served in the Visa Office, and was Consul General in Warsaw and Bogotá.  She received the Baker-Wilkins Award as the Outstanding Deputy Chief of Mission for her service in Iraq.

Raised in New Jersey, Ambassador Butenis received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from Columbia University. She supports animal welfare and environmental conservation activities both abroad and at home and also speaks about the Foreign Service to students, civic organizations and other audiences.  Ambassador Butenis is a member of the American Foreign Service Association and the American Academy of Diplomacy.