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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
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.
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.
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, and served as Director of the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program.
The Secretary maintains records and conducts the general correspondence of the Society. The Secretary also assists with the Society's financial management.
Editor-in-Chief, Delta Phi Epsilon Journal of Foreign Affairs
The Editor-in-Chief chairs the editorial board of the Society's peer-reviewed journal.
Symposium Chair
The Symposium Chair leads the organizing committee for the Society's annual foreign policy symposium and annual meeting.

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.
Membership Director
The membership director leads the Society's member recruitment and retention efforts in collaboration with the Society's other volunteers. The membership director also chairs the Society's membership committee, which develops new programs, services, and benefits for Society members. We're in need of a new membership director! Email contact@dpeforeignaffairs.org for more information.
Event Coordinator
The Events Coordinator provides logistical support for the Annual Symposium and member section and committee events. The coordinator develops relationships with potential event venues and partners and maintains the Society's Speakers Bureau.
Shruthi Gopal
San Francisco Bay Committee Chair
Shruthi Gopal is an alumna of the Epsilon chapter at the University of California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, she served as President of the DPE chapter. She currently works in the health policy field as a data analyst at Acumen, LLC.
Sebastian Coronel
Assistant Communications Director
Sebastian is a senior at the George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development, who will graduate in May 2017. He is currently the professional development chair for DPE's Eta chapter, a co-host of a DPE-run radio show on campus, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP).
Communications Director
The Communications Director is the Society's point person for public outreach. The director develops the Society's public relations strategy and works with other volunteers to ensure newsletters, announcements, and membership and fundraising appeals are circulated in a timely and effective manner.