Community Advisory Board

The Institute for Global Engagement Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a dynamic team of leaders working creatively and collaboratively to execute the vision and mission of the IGE, which is to open up the classroom to the world. The CAB designs and operates the Community Engagement Program (CEP) which brings globally-connected professionals into Global Honors core seminars as guest speakers, community-partners-in-residence, professors-of-practice, and mentors. The expertise and connections of the CEP feed into the high-impact and well-structured  Student Engagement and Directed Research Programs through which students work with faculty and network partners on community-relevant research projects, while gaining the practical skills and executive relationships necessary for success after graduation. Board members and community partners participate in and facilitate:

  • Directed research
  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Site visits
  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Global Classroom panels
  • Events sponsorship
  • Student scholarships
  • Study abroad
  • Conference grants

Community Advisory Board Members

The CAB meets at least once a quarter. The IGE Executive Director serves as Chair. Current CAB members include:


Divya McMillin, PhD

Divya McMillin (PhD 1998, Indiana University Bloomington) is Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) and the Global Honors Program at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT). She is Professor of Global Media Studies in the UWT School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Global Studies, and Associate Faculty of the South Asia Center in the UW Seattle Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tacoma City Chamber of Commerce and on Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s International Relations Commission.

Divya is committed to building the common ground, a creative shared space where the best thinking comes together for innovative and long-lasting solutions. She founded UWT’s high-demand Communication Major in 2001 that integrates professional skills with research, and served as its faculty coordinator before taking on the role of Executive Director of the Global Honors Program in Spring 2009. Leading a cross-campus team in the Global Honors Faculty Council, she created pathways in Global Leadership and Global Citizenship as well as a Minor in Global Engagement, moving the program from a fledgling unit to a nationally-recognized signature Program for the university. In 2014, she founded the Institute for Global Engagement, to extend the high impact global learning practices of the Honors program to all UWT students. The Program is currently rolling out major-integrated global honors pathways across campus. Divya’s innovations in teaching and curriculum building have been profiled in the UW Provost’s Report and UW Columns magazine. Her community-engaged honors model has been extremely well-received at the Association for American Colleges and Universities and Western Regional Honors Council conferences.

Divya is author of two books: International Media Studies (Blackwell 2007) and Mediated Identities: Youth, Agency, and Globalization (Peter Lang, 2009), and co-editor of Place, Power, Media (forthcoming), as well as numerous top-tiered journal articles and book chapters. She has received highest recognition by her peers in the 2012 Distinguished Research Award and 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award. Divya is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and consultant, presenting on media globalization most recently at the Geomedia Conference (Karlstad, 2017), Australia/New Zealand Communication Association Conference (Queenstown, 2015) and Soft Power Conference (London, 2013). She was the 2013 Robert Pockrass Lecturer at Penn State. She served as moderator for UWT’s first Views on the Pacific (YouTube video), and has hosted high profile community leaders in the IGE’s Global Classroom and Distinguished Speaker Series, respectively.

General Members:

Al Bacon, MBA

CFO, LaborWorks

Al Bacon officially joined LaborWorks in 2006, but he was part of the team long before that. He met CEO Scott Sabo, when his own accounting firm, Schmidtke & Bacon, was tapped to help write the initial business plan, as well as tax and business planning. His former professional experience at Deloitte & Touche working with small, high-growth companies was a great match with LaborWorks needs as a burgeoning firm. His financial expertise and excellence in execution strategies, HR programs, and strategic planning has brought LaborWorks to the success it has today. Al also has 5 years of industrial sales experience with Westvaco, which gives him a unique viewpoint about the power of relationships and how to reach the bottom line.

Al is committed to helping clients and colleagues fulfill a long range vision, and in that way to adjust goals so daily tasks are targeted and increasingly effective. His belief in the ability to constantly improve means that he supports learning at every stage of life and career, and he encourages co-workers, friends and family to seek out educational opportunities whenever possible.

A native of Tacoma, Al is an active member and former Board President for the Emergency Food Network, dedicated to the eradication of hunger in Pierce County. Recognized by his peers as a business leader, he was most recently named a finalist by the Puget Sound Business Journal for CFO of the Year, and by the Pierce County Business Examiner for Financial Executive of the Year. Al earned his MBA in Accounting from the University of Colorado Boulder - Leeds School of Business and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Drew Bamford

Executive CEO, HTC Creative Labs

Drew Bamford brings a broad background in product development, as well as deep knowledge of user experience design to HTC Creative Labs. When he started at HTC in 2006, Drew had the opportunity to help drive the transformation of HTC from ODM to global consumer brand by creating a branded user experience for HTC products with TouchFLO on Windows Mobile and then HTC Sense on Android. More recently, Drew has been instrumental in the success of the BlinkFeed and the Zoe video highlights experiences. Today, Drew and his team are creating the experience infrastructure that will power HTC's VR platform business in the future.

Before joining HTC, Drew founded the user experience design practice at Teague, a product design consultancy in Seattle, where he and his team designed interactive products for such varied clients as Microsoft, Panasonic, Palm, Nike, Starbucks, and Boeing. Previously, Drew was responsible for the end-to-end user experience of a Web-based financial transaction platform at SparkCharge. While at Microsoft's Hardware Design Group, Drew led the hardware/software interaction design for a wide range of consumer products, from children's toys and game devices to wireless telephones. Drew's earlier experience includes pioneering intranet design work at IDEO and user interface design for a tablet device at Silicon Graphics.

At Stanford, Drew studied Product Design, which is a multidisciplinary program, combining mechanical engineering and design. In addition, he studied Human-Computer Interaction design under Terry Winograd.

Susan Bauska

Assistant Head of Schools & Director of Upper School for Boys, Annie Wright Schools

Susan Bauska, Assistant Head of Schools and Director, Upper School for Boys, joined Annie Wright Schools in 1990 as an English teacher and later College Counselor and Director of the Upper School for Girls. After earning English and education degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Lewis and Clark College, she was a teacher and administrator at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon, for eleven years. Susan was responsible for bringing the International Baccalaureate Program to Annie Wright Schools, as well as inaugurating substantive international exchange programs during the academic year for ninth and tenth graders.  She is a passionate believer in the dynamic power of global education to make profound and positive change in the world. 

Brian Ebersole

Former Tacoma Mayor & WA State Speaker of the House

Brian Ebersole served in the Washington State House of Representatives between 1983 and 1997, during which he was House Speaker between 1993 and 1995. He served as Tacoma Mayor between 1996 and 2000,  and was Bates Technical College President between 2000 and 2003. With more than 30 years of public service, he is a longstanding community leader who has been instrumental to the continuing revitalization of Tacoma.

Brian Golob, JD

Principal, Investment Management, Greenwich Associates

Brian Golob  leads Conduct & Regulatory Risk for asset managers at Greenwich Associates, and leads the development of the Firm’s compliance benchmarking initiative. 

Prior to this, he served as Global General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Russell Investments, where he was responsible for providing strategic direction for Russell’s global legal functions and for Russell’s regulatory compliance programs globally. Brian has held leadership roles in Compliance and Legal since 2009.

From 2007 to 2008, Brian was managing director of strategic development for Russell’s implementation services, where he was responsible for business intake, new products and service development, and the business’s control functions including unit governance, compliance, and operational risk management.

Brian was managing director of business services for Russell’s institutional business group from 2004 to 2007, with responsibility for overseeing development and management of Russell’s U.S. institutional business infrastructure, including plan administration, risk management, policy development, product management, compliance and finance.

From 2000 to 2003, Brian was representative director for business and corporate services, responsible for overseeing the development and management of the business infrastructure in Russell’s Japan office.

Prior to his posting to Japan in 2000, Brian was associate general counsel, responsible for advising the Russell companies in connection with corporate finance, transactions, general corporate matters, and Russell’s alternative investments, in addition to supporting Russell’s operations in Japan. He joined Russell in June 1998.

Before joining Russell, Brian was a senior attorney with Bogle & Gates P.L.L.C. in Seattle, where his practice focused on corporate finance and international transactions. Between 1994 and 1996, Brian was seconded from Bogle & Gates to Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, where he worked as a foreign legal consultant on international corporate transactions, joint ventures, and securities and banking matters.

Enrique Leon, MD

Faculty Physician, Tacoma Family Medicine, Multicare

Enrique Leon, MD is a faculty physician at Tacoma Family Medicine (TFM), Multicare and part of the University of Washington Family Medicine Network.  The mission of his current residency is to educate family physicians and medical students to work in rural, urban, underserved, and international regions of high need. He has been at TFM for 4 years and is Clinical Instructor in the University of Washington Medical School. Prior to this he cared for underserved patients for 12 years in the mostly Latino Community Health Care, Eastside, Tanbara office in the Salishan neighborhood of Tacoma. 

Dr. Leon is guided by principles of social justice and inter-denominational liberation theology in his use of social determinants of health to help individual and regional health decision-making and in his work promoting work-life-family balance and preventing poverty. He enjoys stimulating problem-solving around health needs through active learning and mentoring. He is committed to spreading awareness that global issues have local roots that can be studied and acted upon at many levels.

Born in Peru to American and Peruvian parents who met in the Peace Corps, Dr. Leon has maintained relationships and collaborations through family and volunteer medical education and service projects in his home country.  He has served and led in the following: Washington Academy of Family Physicians Public Health (committee member); Pierce County Chapter of Washington Academy of Family Physicians (President); Salishan Housing Project Revitalization Hope 6 Grant (committee member); Eastside Clinic Medical (Director); Multicare Adult Medical Services (committee member); American Academy of Family Physicians; and Peruvian-American Medical Society.

Dr. Leon’s educational background began in public schools in Maryland, then to a BS in Biology from James Madison University, Virginia. He went on to medical school at Howard University, followed by residency training at Swedish Medical Center Seattle (First Hill campus, University of Washington) and most recently a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Washington.

He is married, with 2 children ages 14 and 9. He enjoys getting to the outdoors with his family to camp, hike, fish, and ski.  At home they like to dance, cook and tell jokes.

Non-Voting Members:

Paul Carrington, MA

Program Administrator, UW Tacoma Institute for Global Engagement & Global Honors Program

Paul Carrington grew up in Shropshire, England, and graduated from the University of York with a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Comparative Politics in 2005. His studies of state history, development, and globalization helped kindle an enduring enthusiasm for overseas travel, and prior to settling down in the Northwest he spent considerable time living and teaching abroad.

A two-year placement as an English language instructor and cultural ambassador with the Japanese Exchange & Teaching (JET) program in rural Honshu furnished his first experience of internationalization projects at the community level. Paul later returned to Japan to resume teaching at a private English school near Nagoya, during which time his work also included the recruitment and coaching of advanced language students, helping them to prepare for their own overseas adventures. In addition to these two spells in East Asia he has also spent time teaching and developing educational programs at museums in Seattle and Wellington, New Zealand.