The Los Angeles World Affairs Council’s Young Professional Program offers a unique opportunity to connect with globally-minded people and engage in international affairs and current events in Los Angeles. Bringing together a diverse group of young professionals with a shared passion for the world, the YP Program hosts a wide range of social and networking events, discussions, and intimate receptions. 


The Young Professionals Program of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council connects young professionals with each other and with local and international leaders through innovative and educational programs and empowers them to make positive contributions to the community.

Benefits of Membership

  • Connect: Meet equally global-minded young professionals across all fields and industries around the greater-LA area. 

  • Engage: The YP Program offers member-only events, such as the Consulate Series, often hosted at consulates or in intimate residences of Consul Generals, and complimentary film screenings of foreign films and documentaries.

  • Network: The YP Program hosts several networking events each year, as well as a big Career Fair with recruiters from the international arena, to broaden your professional circle and enhance your career development. 

  • Access: YP Members also receive all benefits of members with the greater Los Angeles World Affairs Council, including discounted rates to over 60 events a year and preferred seating.


Support the Young Professionals Program


Connect with Us



Upcoming Events

  • July 9: Discussion on Russia

Young Professionals 
Board of Directors

Ellen Plant, Director

Jerome Hsiang, Chair
Shiang Law Firm, PC

Bejan Atashkar

Erick Bleitz
Independent Consultant

Cassie Boyd
London & Partners

Daniel Cox, Communications Chair

Alex Fankuchen

Matthew Khalkhali
Pasadena City College

Cristina Martinez

Michelle Powers
SME Entertainment Group

Kevin Schallert
Leeward Global Consulting

Alice Yu Yunn Wang
Japan House Los Angeles

Kathryn Wolterman
American Trading International

The Young Professionals Board is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Board term. If you would like to apply, please download the questionnaire here and email your responses with your resume/CV to and If you have questions please call (424) 258-6160. The application deadline is July 11, 2018. To review YP Board requirements, please click here.