Beth Martial became the Executive Director of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy in 2015. Prior to completing her undergraduate studies, where she achieved a B.A. degree in Humanities that emphasized Cross-Cultural Relations with a focus in Southeast Asian countries from the University of Oregon, she lived in Norway and Japan. She later went back to Japan and taught English through the JET Programme in Yokkaichi city, Mie prefecture. After relocating to Utah, Beth attended the University of Utah, where she earned her M.Ed in the College of Education's Education, Culture & Society Department. For over seven years she has demonstrated her passion in the humanitarian sector and has served on a number of boards and committees in the community.
A native of Utah, Allison James-Garcia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science in International Studies, both from the University of Utah. During her time at the U, Allison participated in a summer study abroad program in Oviedo, Spain and an internship in Washington D.C. through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Allison has worked in various non-profits throughout her schooling and career, including KUED and The Road Home in Utah and RESULTS in Washington, D.C. Allison is currently a Program Director at the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, where she arranges programming for the International Visitor Leadership Program. Allison has also been UCCD’s Coordinator for the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) for the past 2 years.
Ahmad Zia Afzali
Ahmad Zia Afzali migrated to the United States from Afghanistan in June 2010 and has since lived in Utah. He has a BA in Law and Political Science from Kabul University in Afghanistan and he is now studying at the University of Utah to get his master degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining UCCD, Ahmad worked at English Skills Learning Center as Citizenship Program Coordinator. He also worked with several non-profit organizations in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2010. He joined UCCD in October 2015 and is very excited to work in this organization.
Communications & Events Director
Felecia, also a native to Utah, joins the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy with extensive experience in government and nonprofit administration. Her prior work history includes Department of Workforce Services Refugee Services Office, Utah Refugee Coalition, and Wasatch Community Gardens. She has a B.A in Anthropology and a Masters of Public Administration both from the University of Utah. Felecia is an avid believer that through diverse approaches, collaboration, and continual dialogue, issues surrounding social injustices and human rights abuses are addressed. In her free time, she is busy turning her front yard into a productive vegetable garden, while listening to all varieties of music because it “washes away from the soul the dust of every day life.” - Berthold Auerbach
Natalie is a senior at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in International Studies and double minoring in French and Integrative Human Biology. Traditionally from Utah, her military family moved around quite a bit until she eventually graduated from high school in Seoul, South Korea before returning to Utah to attend the U. During her studies, Natalie spent a semester teaching English in Xinfeng, Taiwan, attended the University of Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea for a semester, and completed multiple internships through the Hinckley Institute of Politics. She loves canyoneering and climbing in Southern Utah, started scuba diving at 12 years old, and enjoys spending time in the mountains near the U campus.