zhaoXiao Yin Zhao
Executive Director

Xiao Yin joined WAC in October 2010 as the Visitor Program Manager. Prior to joining the WAC, Xiao Yin focused her work on corporate social responsibility issues, first as a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School for Public and International Affairs, and later as a corporate compliance analyst and consultant at Jones Apparel Group. Her studies and work experience has taken her to China and Hong Kong numerous times, working with professionals engaged in managing and monitoring social compliance in factories along the supply chain, as well as exploring ways for companies to be responsible corporate citizens. Having studied and worked on global issues throughout her academic and professional life, Xiao Yin strongly believes in the soft power of international cultural exchange and its transformative effect on those engaged in it.

Xiao Yin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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EasleyBrian Easley
Visitor Programs and Communications Manager

Brian Easley joined the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana in March of 2016. Prior to the WAC, Brian spent several years in the U.S. Army, along with positions at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in Washington, D.C. During his undergraduate studies, Brian was an intern at the European Parliament in Belgium, where he performed research for a MEP on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Brian is originally from San Antonio, Texas and is also a combat-disabled veteran.

Brian holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and a M.A. in International Security Studies from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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McKenzie Nalley
Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator

McKenzie Nalley joined in April 2017 as the Marketing, Communications, and Events Coordinator. Prior to the WAC he worked in development, programming, and marketing at Louisville nonprofits Sarabande Books and The Filson Historical Society. He began learning Spanish in college to read his favorite authors in their own language, and spent one semester taking classes and interning at an ecological park in Mérida, México. He is also a writer of middling fiction and very bad poetry and as a writer believes that the sharing of experiences between cultures is important not only to the general development of the human race but to the individual happiness of the human soul.

McKenzie holds a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Spanish from Centre College.

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