Staff

Felecia Maxfield Barrett

Felecia Maxfield-Barrett

Executive Director
fmbarrett[at]utahdiplomacy.org | 801.832.3273

Felecia, a native of 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 in 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 vegetable garden, while listening to all varieties of music because it “washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

 

AhmadAhmad Zia Afzali

Program Director
azia[at]utahdiplomacy.org | 801.832.3272

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 a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah. Prior to joining UCCD, Ahmad worked at the English Skills Learning Center as Citizenship Program Coordinator. Before moving to the U.S., he worked with several non-profit organizations in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2010. He enjoys arranging professional and cultural programs for International Visitors and is always happy to have the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

Coby Vail_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Coby Vail

Program Officer
cvail[at]utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3271

A native Utahn, Coby has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Brigham Young University. He speaks Arabic, German, and Turkish and has lived in Germany, Austria, Turkey, and Jordan. Before joining UCCD, he worked at the Department of Workforce Services Refugee Services Office as an Americorps VISTA Leader. Coby deeply believes in the need to engage with cultures, beliefs, and worldviews different from our own if we are to build a more just and equitable world and the role that such an exchange plays in the quest for a rich and fulfilling life. He also loves camping, reading anything that he can get his hands on, and exploring places both near and far.

 

Jennifer Hamilton_Utah Council for Citizen DiplomacyJennifer Hamilton

Events Coordinator
jhamilton[at]utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3276

Jennifer brings 20 years of nonprofit and small business experience to UCCD. She is an active volunteer for several local nonprofits, is a Rotarian, and sits on the Bear River Heritage Council. She brings a creative and thoughtful approach to event design and enjoys ensuring our guest speakers and their audiences have the best experience. In her free time, she enjoys exploring wild places, collecting urban contemporary art, growing her own food, and tiny house living with her two daughters.

 

Bailey BergstromBailey Bergstrom

Youth Coordinator - AmeriCorps
youth[at]utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3275

Bailey Bergstrom grew up in Sugar house but graduated from Humboldt State University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Management and Protection. She is passionate about the natural world and enjoys hiking and skiing. She looks forward to working with UCCD's Young Diplomats of Utah Program and hopes to inspire Utah youth to find their place in the global community.

 

Travis DeJong Spring 2018
Travis DeJong

Program Associate Intern - Impact Research
impact [at] utahdiplomacy.org  |  801.832.3278

Travis was born and raised in Salt Lake County, Utah. He enjoys keeping abreast of current events and reading about politics and history to expand his knowledge of the world. He graduated from the University of Utah with BAs in History and Political Science in 2014, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Administration at the same institution. Why diverse populations chose to migrate to the United States intrigues him, and he aspires to work for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security.