August 1, 2020

Dear Members & Friends of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall,

Our virtual world of livestream webinars has created new communities of connection, conversation and civic engagement. Over the past five months, it’s been gratifying to witness the continued growth and expansion of our webinar audience to almost all 50 states with an immense loyal following in our Southern California backyard.

We’re grateful for everyone’s participation in our webinars and wish to extend a warm “hello” to the many new members — in California and beyond — who have joined the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall. I also want to acknowledge the many loyal, long-standing members who support our nonprofit mission of convening public forums on international, national and regional topics and issues.

Among these members are those who serve on our Board of Directors – 70 members that represent all economic sectors; many lead their institutions and industries. We welcome the following new board members: Dr. Lorna Johnson, Honorary Consul General – Jamaica and Advanced Care Family Medical Group co-founder, and actress Stefanie Powers, Co-Founder and President, William Holden Wildlife Foundation.

Board members are active in not only suggesting webinar programs and securing top-tier speakers – we appreciate their participation as moderators or subject experts on the panel. On August 11th, Loyola Marymount University President Tim Snyder will lead a discussion on visions for a new world with key LMU professors.

Next month, please save Sept. 15th as we welcome General John Allen, President, Brookings Institution. Board member Robert Abernethy will moderate the webinar discussion and board member David Bohnett will chat with General Allen in a virtual VIP Roundtable for International Circle members and invited guests. 

And, the popular series, “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus,” with LAWACTH board member and politics professor Dan Schnur continues weekly on Thursdays.  The bi-weekly “After the Webinar” sessions offer all LAWACTH members a face-to-face opportunity to converse with Professor Schnur.

When the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall merged a year ago, each organization was sustained by long-standing members, including Young Professionals. We are sincerely thankful for these individuals who continue to support the LAWACTH mission and attend our virtual programs. Memberships are vital to our nonprofit’s viability as fees help support webinar production and office operations. If you wish to join LAWACTH, Membership Coordinator Krystsina Shabanava can be reached at Or you may join online here.  

We value our members’ participation in our virtual community — your questions during the Q&A are thoughtful and insightful, as we learn from each other as well as our speakers. Your constructive feedback has allowed us to continually elevate the webinar experience for everyone. And, no contribution is too small or insignificant. You can donate online here or you can support us by texting "give" to 800-597-0631.  Thank you.

Kim McCleary Blue
President & CEO
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall