Jeff Frazier Named To International Affairs Council Board of Directors

From: MMI Public Relations
Published: Wed Feb 24 2010

The International Affairs Council (IAC) has appointed Jeff Frazier, senior director, Internet Business Solutions Group, public sector practice, Cisco, to the 2010 board of directors. Frazier, along with 19 other local business leaders, will continue the mission of the IAC throughout the 2010 year by concentrating on the organization’s initiative for encouraging interactions with foreign dignitaries and professionals visiting North Carolina, as well as educating communities on world affairs.

"I am honored to be selected as a board member of the IAC," said Frazier. "IAC has an important mission, and I look forward to applying my public sector industry expertise toward assisting the organization further its objectives."

- The International Affairs Council is supported by more than 2,000 local professional resources, 400 organization members, and a multitude of volunteers.

- The 2010 Board has 13 returning and seven new members.

Jeff Frazier is a senior director, public sector, as well as the public safety and security practice lead for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), the company’s global consultancy. Frazier advises organizations on justice policy strategy, and innovative uses of technology on local, state, national and international levels. Frazier is an appointed member of the United Nations International Police Advisory Council (UN-IPAC), corporate fellow to the National Governors Association (NGA), a governor’s appointee to the North Carolina Innovation Council, and a board member of Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), among many other associations. As co-author of Democratic Policing, Post-Conflict Criminology and Democratic Development, he was awarded during the 2nd Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security.

The International Affairs Council is a community-based organization that champions knowledge and understanding of world affairs and culture in the Research Triangle region. IAC, which began in 1973 as the Research Triangle International Visitors Center (IVC), plans itineraries for visiting international dignitaries and professionals interested in business development, education and other topics, as well as hosts events that bring high-profile speakers from around the world to the Triangle. After beginning as a service of the office of the University of North Carolina’s then-president Terry Sanford, IVC was incorporated under N.C. law on July 30, 1975 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. During the early 1980s, the organization was revitalized and moved to a larger office space with additional staff thanks to the support of Dr. William Friday, who was president of the UNC system at that time. In 1986, the name of the organization was changed to International Visitors Council. Since then, the organization has quadrupled the number of visitors it hosts each year to over 600 and now has six staff members. In 2002, IVC merged with Triangle World Affairs Council to become International Visitors Council/World Affairs Council. In 2005, the board of directors appointed a special committee that decided on the current permanent name: International Affairs Council. IAC’s mission is to improve international relations, raise awareness of national and global issues and attract foreign dignitaries and professionals to the state. It receives grant funding from the U.S. Department of the State, corporate and philanthropic foundations, individual members and numerous other sources. For more information, visit

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