Heidi Knuff has over 20 years of experience working in international exchange and diplomacy. Prior to serving as Executive Director of SDDC, she served as SDDC’s Director of Custom Programs and Services. She has also held positions at American Councils for International Education, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the MIT Center for International Studies, and Pacific Intercultural Exchange. Heidi is a native of San Diego and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. She lives in Kensington with her husband, Ryan, and her children, Luca and Pearl.
Director of Development
Briana Robinson joined the San Diego Diplomacy Council as the Council’s first ever Director of Development. In this role Briana leads fundraising events, grant writing, and community engagement efforts. Briana credits her diverse background as a HBCU graduate with foreign affairs and Mandarin language training, her educational experiences abroad as a Fulbright Scholar in China, and her professional work history as the framework for her passion for public diplomacy and international relations. She has also interned as an IVLP Program Intern in Charlotte, NC. Briana recently graduated with a Master of Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, where her thesis focused on diversifying the field of educational international exchanges. Briana is based in Los Angeles, CA and is thrilled to expand the reach of SDDC.
Jawad Al Baghdadi
A former refugee, first generation-college student, Jawad’s experiences are informed by the conflicts his family left behind. His experiences inspired him to obtain a degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University (SDSU), intern at the University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation, and begin his career in public service by serving in the district offices for two Congressional Representatives, representing the 53rd and 51st Districts of California, respectively. Jawad interned for the San Diego Diplomacy Council as an IVLP Program Intern while studying at SDSU, and is grateful to return as the Program Director.
Senior Manager of Programs & Communication
Adrianna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from California State University Channel Islands where she was the president of the Triathlon Team and studied European Politics and Studio Art in Florence, Italy for a year. Adrianna holds a Master’s degree focusing in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy which she earned in Berlin, Germany. Adrianna recently completed her thesis, exploring new domestic policies to tackle human rights abuses by multinational corporations with case studies on water privatization and chemical spills; and how this can improve the quality of life for people in the Global South.
With an aspiration to become a global change maker, Carmelina is enthusiastic about rejoining the San Diego Diplomacy Council as the newest member of the programs team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from San Diego State University (SDSU) and possesses over three years of experience in International Business Research and Global Diplomacy. She has previously worked as an Executive Intern for the SDDC, an Associate for SDSU’s Wendy Gillespie Center for Advancing Global Business and served as President of SDSU’s International Business Society. Originally from the Bay Area, Carmelina enjoys exploring new dining spots and discovering emerging music artists. She is thrilled to return to San Diego and collaborate with the SDDC to establish inclusive and secure spaces, both locally and globally, that embrace individuals of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, and abilities.
Operations and Grants Administrator
As the San Diego Diplomacy Council’s Grants and Operations Administrator, Margaret Greco brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector, spanning 8 years of grants and strategic planning expertise. Margaret most recently served as the Director of Funding at Paper Airplanes, Inc. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and Theatre Arts from the University of Redlands and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) from Regis University. Over the past 4 years, Margaret has actively contributed to the Torrey Hills Community Board in San Diego, collaborating closely with fellow community leaders throughout the County. Margaret’s impact in the nonprofit world extends beyond local boundaries, reflecting her commitment to the progressive movement and driving positive change on a national and global scale.