The board of directors of the International Relations Council relies on active committees and planning teams to develop strategies and action plans for the work of the organization. Committees (comprised of an appointed chair, vice chair, and planning team leads) and planning teams (comprised of individuals with a range of responsibilities) include a variety of perspectives and are intentionally comprised of a mix of board members and IRC members who are not part of the board.

Joining a planning team is an excellent way to become more involved with the IRC, and we welcome the participation of new and seasoned IRC members. Please note that all members of planning teams should be individual members of the IRC or be part of an IRC member organization and be prepared to commit to a year of volunteer service with the IRC. Planning teams work year-round and may be joined at any time.

For more information on joining a planning team, please contact Matthew Hughes, executive director, at, and specify the team(s) you would like to join.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE · Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, 2021 chair

This committee supports the IRC’s various educational initiatives for K-12 and university students, teachers, and professors. Planning teams for 2021 include:

Individuals with a background in K-12 or higher education or connections to opportunities for students are a good fit for these planning teams.


The Finance Committee, led by the IRC’s treasurer, oversees the organization’s financial interests and helps the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility. Committee members help to plan the organization’s annual budget and prepare for the annual audit and 990. Planning teams for 2021 include:

  • Staff Compensation
  • Endowment Enhancement
  • Insurance and Audit
  • Investment Review

A background in finances, investments, or accounting is helpful but not required.

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE · Andrea Allison-Putman, 2021 chair

As a membership organization, the IRC relies on enhancing our offerings for individual and organizational members and connecting with people and groups who might be interested in getting involved. Planning teams for 2021 include:

  • IRC Ambassadors, creating a welcoming environment for members
  • Member Involvement, looking for ways to involve members more fully in the IRC
  • Organizational Membership Development, connecting with prospective organizational members

Individuals who enjoy connecting with other organizations in the community will be a good fit with these teams.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE · Aaron J. Mann, 2021 chair

For more than 60 years, the IRC has offered nonpartisan, educational programming aimed at raising a global perspective in Kansas City. Planning teams for 2021 include:

We’d love to welcome individuals looking to contribute to the IRC’s programming.