Meet the Authors

Megan Clark Torrey,
Chief Executive Officer,

Megan Clark Torrey is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council of CT. Megan became the Executive Director in March 2014, after having served as Program Director since 2003. She oversees the development and delivery of world class programming that educates the community on global affairs. Recently, Megan implemented a nation-wide World Affairs Council series focused on global women’s health, helped pilot a leadership mission to Brazil and produced a mini-documentary on Henry Kissinger that featured several former Secretaries of State. Megan has facilitated the visits of several world leaders to the Council in Hartford. During her time at CTWAC, the Council has expanded the scope and reach of its programming by implementing new technology and communications initiatives. Ms. Torrey has two degrees in international relations and diplomacy. Her research interests include inclusive security and the role of women in post-conflict situations and citizen participation in foreign policy. Before joining the World Affairs Council in 2003, she worked with UNESCO’s International Year for the Culture of Peace at the headquarters in Paris and at the United Nations International Training Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. A member of several professional organizations, Megan has traveled extensively all over the world.

Nicole Struth
Education and Special Projects Director,

Growing up in Bethel, CT, Nicole completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a focus on Conflict Resolution from Western Connecticut State University in 2012. After this, Nicole went on to complete a dual graduate degree program with an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School in Syracuse and a Masters of Development Studies from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Over the course of her studies, Nicole has lived abroad for a cumulative 17 months in Germany and The Netherlands. Returning to CTWAC after working for the Fundraising and Development team at Innovations for Poverty Action in New Haven, Nicole is the Education and Special Projects Director working to manage and expand CTWAC’s education related programs such as the annual Model UN.

Amanda Jolly,
Program Director,

Amanda joined the World Affairs Council of CT in October, 2015 as Program and Membership Manager. Amanda’s interest in global affairs and development economics was first sparked by her participation in the CTWAC’s Model UN program her sophomore year of high school. She then joined the CTWAC community as a Programs intern, and returned again while in college to be an Educational Programs intern. Amanda has since earned her BA in International Service with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy, graduating magna cum laude with Honors from American University in Washington, DC. Amanda has worked with several non-profits around the globe, from Ghana to the Philippines, and in the U.S., from San Francisco to D.C. She has boundless enthusiasm for sustainable development, environmental initiatives, and earnest debating.

Caroline Schaefer,
Global Fellow,

Caroline grew up locally in Avon, CT and graduated with a degree in international relations and Middle Eastern & Islamic studies from Colgate University in 2018. She studied Arabic for all four years at Colgate and wrote her honors thesis on the Islamic State and its media strategy. Though she could not study abroad due to her commitment to Colgate’s Division I field hockey program, she did have the opportunity to study in Morocco for three weeks. Caroline is currently the fellow for the World Affairs Council of CT. She is interested in counterterrorism, the role of media in world affairs, and history of the Middle East.