Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy announces nine new board members

Local nonpartisan, nonprofit Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD), is pleased to announce the appointment of nine new board members. 

UCCD has been Utah’s civil sector leader in shaping foreign relations by connecting people in Utah with people from around the world. UCCD’s Board of Directors is comprised of a team of community leaders committed to contributing to Utah’s growth, stability, and to world peace by supporting UCCD’s mission and efforts to enrich the community with a deeper understanding of the world’s  affairs and cultures. 

“I am delighted to welcome the nine new board members to our growing board of directors. Their professional and personal experience demonstrate not only a commitment to making Utah more  globally connected, but also proves strong leadership knowledge and skills that will help UCCD’s  mission of promoting respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations  grow,” Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, Executive Director, shared. She adds, “Each of these new members were invited to join our board because of their dedication to Citizen Diplomacy – the  concept that everyone has the right, even responsibility of shaping foreign relations one handshake at a time. I cannot wait to see how they will help advance global relations in Utah through our  organization.” 

New Board Members 

Annalisa Holcombe/Western Governors University – Board of Directors: Annalisa Holcombe is President of Western Governors University (WGU) Advancement, where she is responsible for leading the nonprofit organization’s purpose of building financial support to reinvigorate WGU’s promise of higher education for all by connecting individuals, corporations, and foundations to the university and its students. Annalisa brings more than fifteen years of experience in higher education, fundraising, and community relations to her position. Prior to leading WGU Advancement, she served her alma mater, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, in a variety of roles. Most recently, she was Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer.  

Charlotte Serage/World Trade Center Utah – Board of Directors: Interested in foreign cultures from a young age, Charlotte Serage moved from her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma to London, England where she graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in International Relations. She also had the opportunity to intern with Vogue House London’s advertising department. She then moved to Madrid, Spain to work (and improve her Spanish) after graduation. After returning to the U.S., she completed her master’s in International Affairs and Global Enterprise at the University of Utah. She now works at World Trade Center Utah, helping companies in Utah  trade and invest in international markets. 

Chaz Moore/Summit Sotheby’s International Realty – Board of Directors: William Charles Moore (“Chaz”) acquired exceptional government, political, and non-profit experience while living in Washington, D.C., and is currently combining his strong communication and sales skills with his savvy business acumen as a realtor. Chaz offers a unique energy and life experience to all he does. Prior to becoming a realtor, Chaz worked for more than 25 years in Washington, D.C. political, business, and non-profit sectors, and served in Senior Executive and management roles for several U.S. Presidents. Chaz worked at the U.S. Department of State in the Senior Executive Service (SES), and as Director of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) at the U.S. State Department’s preeminent global public diplomacy program. 

Daniela Larsen/Hutchings Museum Institute – Board of Directors: Daniela Larsen is a certified National Geographic Educator specializing in digital media and cultural diplomacy. As the Director of the Hutchings Museum Institute, she has created virtual reality experiences, 3D exhibitions, and digital knowledge banks for cultural preservation. Daniela has led expeditions to Everest Base  Camp, Madagascar, Mongolia, and several other locations for educational and cultural exchange.  She has implemented conservation projects in Utah, empowering participants to use technology for citizen science and impact in their local communities.  

Grant Baskerville/Declarative & Alba Consulting – Board of Directors: Grant has 15 years’  experience engaging Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels, the devolved institutions, US Federal  Agencies, and Congress. He has worked in both public and private sector positions, with a strong  track record of effectively managing multi-disciplinary teams focused on advocacy, campaigning, media relations, public policy, and stakeholder engagement. Grant previously served as a board  member of three UK-based non-profits including The Postcode Green Trust, Green Economy Pathfinder, and Skills for Energy. He also currently serves on the board of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a U.S.-based trade association. 

Ian Wade – Board of Directors: Ian Wade recently retired as CEO of a global non-profit, Outward Bound International, which has licensed operations in thirty-three countries. Since retiring, he has volunteered with several organizations trying to address climate change. Educated in northern England, Ian came to the United States to work as an aerospace engineer at Boeing and NASA.  He is an avid mountaineer, summiting mountains that include Everest, Eigerwand, El Capitan, and more. He served as President of the American Mountain Guides Association. Ian and his wife Ginger McKenna are still active hikers. 

Jake Hinckley/Sunroc – Board of Directors: When Jake was 21, he found himself standing on  the equator with his left foot in the northern hemisphere and his right foot in the southern hemisphere staring up into the bright blue sky. He spent the last two years of his life living in the vibrant country of Ecuador and spent the last week of his experience in Quito, the capital city, literally standing in the middle of the world reflecting on life. While living abroad, he thought about returning home approximately 1,000 times. (And that’s a low-ball estimate.) But despite the initial language barrier, high altitudes of the Andes mountains and mosquito-infested coastal regions, unique foods such as guinea pig and chicken foot soup, and sometimes unbearable homesickness, he stayed. 

Jennie Lloyd/Lloyd Architects – Board of Directors: Jennie Lloyd is the managing partner at  Lloyd Architects, a Salt Lake City design firm that specializes in residential and hospitality projects. The firm has received numerous awards for design, preservation, and practice management. Jennie manages the day-to-day details of running a community-focused practice and enjoys witnessing the creativity of her co-workers. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Jennie left the  Northwest to attend Brigham Young University, where she double majored in Russian and International Relations and later received a Master of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Washington. She taught and lectured at BYU and at the Academy of Sciences in  St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Victoria Baird/LendingClub – Board of Directors: Victoria Baird was born in Irkutsk, Russia. She has since lived in or traveled to 67 countries. She came to the U.S. in 1996 as a student and received three degrees. She is finishing her fourth degree in International Diplomacy and Sustainable Development from the University for Peace, a United Nations mandated international university. She currently works as a fraud and prevention analyst at LendingClub. She is a co-founder and former executive president of UN Women-USA Utah for seven years and a current President-Elect  of the United Nations Association – USA Utah Chapter. Before working for multiple private entities, she was a professor at a university. 

About Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD): For 55 years, Utah Council for Citizen  Diplomacy has relied on people of every age to help meet its mission of promoting respect and understanding between the people of Utah and other nations, one handshake at a time. From art, science, and economics to education, religion, and governance, international relations touch every facet of our lives in Utah. By engaging with UCCD through its international exchanges, lectures and dialogues, hosted dinners, and youth programs, not only are we amplifying Utah as an economic, innovative, and cultural hub, we are contributing to a more peaceful and prosperous world in the following ways by combating negative stereotypes of Americans, immersing in cultures, customs, and languages, and enhancing national security by building trust. To learn more  about UCCD, visit utahdiplomacy.org

In addition to the above-mentioned new board members, the following eight individuals serve on  the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy Board of Directors: 

Chris Lansing 

Board of Directors 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, Hosting Office 

Christina Hernandez 

Board of Directors 

Xyklus 

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett 

Board of Directors- EX-Officio Member 

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy 

Giovanna Spiess 

Board of Directors 

Alliance Community Services 

Kimberly Madsen 

Board of Directors – Chair 

Utah State Legislature 

Ramez Halteh 

Board of Directors- Vice-Chair 

KeyBank 

Robert Mansfield 

Board of Directors- Treasurer 

Mitchell, Barlow & Mansfield, P.C. – Honorary Consular to Korea 

Shane Barrow 

Board of Directors