The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote an understanding of the world and its people and to engage citizens of Northeast Florida in becoming better informed participants in the global community.

Who We Are
The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a growing organization with more than 1,000 members, drawing from across Northeast Florida. Our Board of Directors includes community leaders from both the public and private sector. Members value the opportunity to connect with other internationally minded citizens.

Our History
The Council, formed in 1985 as the National Interest Forum, joined the World Affairs Councils of America in 1995. The World Affairs Councils of America is the largest national non-partisan network with almost 100 councils in over 40 states that are dedicated to educating and engaging Americans on the critical global issues of our times. The Council has grown from a small organization sponsoring a modest speaker program, held in members' homes, to reaching thousands of individuals every year through an acclaimed speaker series, educational programming, special events and an expanding network of young professionals.
In 2005, the Council received the World Affairs Councils of America President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, awarded annually to Councils that have shown extraordinary innovation, growth, outreach, and impact.

What We Do


    The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is a vital hub for civic and corporate leadership in Northeast Florida. Membership dues, contributions, grants and program sponsorships provide the funding to support our programs and services. Your Council membership or sponsorship opens up a world of information.