A Message From The President

Kim McCleary Blue

May 2021

To Our Members and Supporters,

As another month ends, I am reflecting on the 145 livestreams we have offered over the past 13 months. Today, I want to shine a spotlight on five programs presented in April as they are representative of our mission, the LAWACTH community, and our collective impact with our members, subscribers and strategic partners.

We are deeply grateful to Edison International and the World Affairs Councils of America for their sponsorships to help underwrite production costs for the April 21 livestream on “California’s Future Power Grid.” We also convey our thanks to technology senior executive and LAWACTH board member, Rosa Bravo, who moderated the discussion, and Caltech Professor Steven Low for his insightful remarks. Caltech, a long-standing LAWACTH institutional member, has graced past LAWACTH livestreams with its distinguished scientists and researchers.

The members-only screening of “Minari,” featuring Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung for best supporting actress, on April 24 was made possible by the Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Jamison Realty, Inc. — a LAWACTH corporate member and its president, Jaime Lee, a LAWACTH board member. The Los Angeles-based Consular Corps, 103 countries strong, are foundational to LAWACTH programs and activities – we thank them for their diplomatic efforts to promote connection, understanding, and friendship.

The U.S. Department of State is another long-standing resource for LAWACTH programs, particularly those featuring current and former Ambassadors. This month, we heard from Harvard University Professor R. Nicholas Burns, a 27-year career diplomat, including posts as U.S. Ambassador, and Admiral Harry B. Harris, USN (Ret.), who served as U.S. Ambassador to South Korea (2018-2021).

We are also thrilled by our board of directors and their engagement as moderators and subject experts. In April, these directors generously devoted their time, expertise and experience to convene compelling and thought-provoking conversations: Robert Abernethy, Rosa Bravo and Kevin Goetz. Of course, recognition of our board would not be complete without 52 “thank yous” to Professor Dan Schnur for convening citizens across the U.S. for his weekly webinar series – Politics in the Time of Coronavirus – as well as other topical discussions with notable speakers.

In the weeks ahead, I have three requests I hope you will consider. One, please check our Upcoming Events and register for our livestreams. Two, please join our growing community of paid members. Three, please consider a donation, which supports our capacity to offer livestreams free of charge. The staff and I are grateful for everyone in our virtual community – without your support, 145 livestreams would not be possible.

The journey continues – please join us!

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