World Affairs Council of Orange County announces the appointment of Jayne Herring as new president & CEO

Jayne Herring, a resident of Laguna Beach, brings a wealth of nonprofit and international experience to her new role as president & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Orange County. At the age of 16, she was awarded a full scholarship to participate in a summer abroad program through Youth for Understanding USA. When employed by ICSC in New York, she planned and managed conferences and events for the association’s international board of trustees, in locations including Cape Town, Dubai, Merida, Paris, Berlin, Vancouver, Beijing and Shanghai, in addition to many cities around the United States.

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Jayne Herring with David Petraeus, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency

After time focused on family and volunteer work, she returned to school to complete a degree in International Studies (Asia focus) and Human Rights (Public Policy Focus) from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. While at SMU, she took condensed coursework in London and in Nishinomiya, Japan, at Kwansei Gakuin University. She became an active member of the World Affairs Council in Dallas/Fort Worth, and later served as an “elder intern” for a semester, supporting the education, protocol, membership, programs and development departments.

With her previous experience as director of special events at the Pacific Symphony, Herring has extensive expertise in fundraising event management, having successfully orchestrated annual events that generated more than $2.8 million in net revenue over the span of one year, surpassing all goals. Her strong abilities in securing sponsorships, cultivating donor relationships and managing large teams has not only sharpened her fundraising acumen, but has also instilled in her a profound appreciation for the arts and their impact on communities. Herring’s skills are essential for driving fundraising success and fostering meaningful community connections within the nonprofit organization.

Herring has also served in various leadership positions, including organizing director for a state-level political campaign and development director at Laguna Radio, Inc. Her commitment to humanitarian causes led her to serve as a volunteer assisting resettlement caseworkers at the International Rescue Committee in Dallas. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated leadership and advocacy, serving in roles such as trustee of the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center, and as board secretary and human rights ambassador for the United Nations Association of Orange County.

This trajectory showcases Herring’s evolution into a seasoned leader with a deep understanding of organizational dynamics and a profound dedication to driving positive change. Her experiences in politics, community engagement and donor stewardship have equipped her with a diverse skill set crucial for leading the World Affairs Council of Orange County into its next phase of growth and impact.


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