People

Behind the inspiring organizations, dynamic businesses, compelling events, intriguing communities, and notable news items that help make Philadelphia global, are individuals who bring a wealth of expertise and commitment.  Meet the scholars, researchers, students, diplomats, curators, artists, linguists, educators, attorneys, financiers, transportation experts, scientists, administrators and others who contribute so much to the globalism of the region.  (GPA members appear at the beginning of the list, followed by non-members in alphabetical order.)

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Business Development Manager, Corporate Traveler USA
Board Member, Chamounix Youth Hostel and the Global Philadelphia  Association
Serve clients to create an international profile and explore new markets and partnerships; to diversify and develop strategies to target key constituency groups more effectively, and; in Latin-America to develop winning campaign strategies by tailoring proven US tactics to fit the specific needs of the Latin-American market.
Peter Van Buren , a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the State Department on his own terms.
Council President, The City of Philadelphia  
Communications Director, The Wistar Institute
Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson
Retired Archpriest, Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, son of Philadelphia
Assistant Vice President, Global Partnerships and Programs & International Student and Scholar Services 
Principal, ghSMART
Kris Walski is a trilingual Philadelphia native, an International Relations alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw. He has worked at Philadelphia City Council on the Committee On Global Opportunity and a successful gubernatorial campaign. Emerging International Journalists Program And Media Relations Manager at Global Philadelphia Association
Executive Vice President,  Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Curtis Institute of Music
Sally Weinberg is the founder of Textiil
Experience Assoc. Director of Programs Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians 2009 – 2013 (4 years) Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians Program Coordinator 2009 – 2011 (2 years) Executive Director Lamp For Haiti 2007 – 2010 (3 years) Instructor of Law Cumberland School of Law 1998 – 2000 (2 years) Assistant District Attorney Harris County District Attorney's Office 1992 – 1997 (5 years)
Chantal Westby was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts located here in Philadelphia, PA. Born in France, she also earned a master’s degree from Parisian institution Haute Couture. Currently Ms. Westby resides near Philadelphia, over the last 18 years she has placed many of her great large canvas works upon the walls of her own chateau. The time has come to make some space for new beginnings and more masterpieces. We would like to show you her finest works and interested buyers, collectors, curators, and all walks of art life are invited to visit www.chantalwestby.com, to learn more and own a large original canvas or mixed media acrylic work of art perfected and inspired by the Ms. Westby herself.
Well known throughout Pennsylvania’s legal community for her consummate legal skills and uncompromising dedication, Kathleen Wilkinson served as chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2013, only the sixth woman to lead this 13,000-member organization founded more than 200 years ago.
President, The Eisenhower Fellowships