About Us

Joyce Davis is Executive Director & CEO of World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and opinion editor for The Patriot-News and PennLive.com. March 5, 2019. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com PENNLIVE.COM

Our Mission

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America based in Washington, D.C. It is part of a national network of influential councils dedicated to educating and engaging the residents of our region in global issues. Our associates meet and interact with leading international writers, intellectuals, diplomats and political leaders, and we are dedicated to making these opportunities available to youth in our region, as well.

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg promotes and facilitates international travel and provides opportunities for young people to learn about the world in their classrooms, through our programs and events, and through scholarships that enable them to visit countries around the globe.

We are supported by national and local organizations and businesses that understand the importance of connecting our region to the world, and that realize the benefits of opening young minds to different cultures and traditions. We also are supported by residents of Central Pennsylvania who are eager to expand their own horizons and accept their responsibilities as citizens of the world.

The  World Affairs Council of Harrisburg  is governed by Officers and a Board of Directors.


Dr. Joyce M. Davis
President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg


MEHDI Dr. Mehdi Norbaksh, Vice President, Harrisburg University
Lindsay Bowman, Secretary, Harrisburg Academy
Eliz Nestorov, Treasurer, Mid Penn Legal Services


  • Romeo Azondekon – Central Penn College
  • Lindsay Bowman – Harrisburg Academy
  • Ambassador John Craig  Ambassador-in-Residence, Elizabethtown College
  • Dr. Chris Dolan – Professor, Lebanon Valley College
  • Kalpana Doppalapudi — Founder, PowerWomen
  • Dr. Oralia Garcia Dominic – Penn State Hershey Medical School
  • Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden  United Way of the Capital Region
  • Pat Gadsden  President, Life Esteem Ministries
  • Rev. Russell W. Goodman — New Branches Ministries, United Methodist Church
  • Guerline Laurore, Esq. — Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
  • Link Martin – Temple University Harrisburg
  • Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh – Assistant Professor, Harrisburg University
  • Sait Onal — TransAmerica Insurance
  • Dr. Shirley Warshaw – professor, Gettysburg College
  • Dr. Kathleen White, Director, Governor’s School, (retired)

World Affairs Council of Harrisburg Offices:

Temple University Harrisburg
Walnut St. & N. 4th St
234 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17101


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