The World Affairs Council Hilton Head (WACHH) has many moving parts and Leah Long, our Executive Director, ensures all runs smoothly as we engage, educate, and inspire the low country community about world affairs.
As ED of WACHH, Leah is responsible for the overall operations and administration under the direction of the President and Board of Directors. She manages the affairs of the council (speaker programs, discussion groups, development, communications, and outreach) as well as our membership at large.
Leah was most recently the Operations Administrator for a local non-profit where she demonstrated strong organizational capacity-building skills and an impressive track record as a grant writer. Before moving to Hilton Head in 2021, she was an Instructor of Record at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, teaching on Social Advocacy, Ethics, and International Organizations. She also completed an internship with the Africa Regional Services Division of the US Embassy in Paris.
Leah’s academic background aligns well with WACHH’s mission and priorities. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in International Trade and Modern Languages from Georgia Southern University. She has also completed all coursework for a Doctor in Philosophy in Political Science with the University of South Carolina and her research on foreign aid is published in International Studies Quarterly.
Roberta McArdle serves as the administrative assistant to Executive Director. She has been with WACHH since 2022. Roberta is a graduate of the New England Institute of Technology with a computer Science degree and University of RI Multi-Media Certificate. She lived and worked in RI and Boston.
While at UNICOM Software Company she was a lead programmer for the development of software for the Society of Interventional Radiology. Roberta also worked at Putnam Investments as a programmer for the Fund Management division. Roberta started a web design business, Nu-View Design, for small independent businesses. She created Nu-view Design to help small businesses compete.
Upon retiring Roberta and her husband Tom visited the low country and decided that it was a wonderful place to retire to. Roberta has one son Maxwell who lives in Myrtle Beach, SC.