President of Global Citizens Circle
Theo Spanos Dunfey, with 30 years of global experience in non-profits, higher education and international affairs, is President of Global Citizens Circle. Throughout her career, her focus has been on global education and civic engagement, and has included producing programs and leading delegations to Hong Kong, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lake Baikal, Prince William Sound, Havana, Belfast, Cape Town and Dominica. Prior to assuming leadership of Global Citizens Circle, she served in various educational and administrative capacities including at the University of New England, where she taught global citizenship and directed community programs; program director, World Affairs Council of Maine; and special projects coordinator, The WorldPaper, a publication whose writers and editors were from over 25 different countries. Now in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University and a Belfast-based global nonprofit, Social Change Initiative, she is revitalizing Global Citizens Circle and inaugurated their joint programming in South Africa, November 2017, with an intergenerational program Activism That Works: Starting Young and Staying at It, at which she presented the Global Citizens award to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond and Leah Tutu. In April 2018 she hosted a Circle at SNHU’s campus, where GCC now is located, featuring Hala Aldosari, a Saudi women’s rights activist and recent recipient of Human Rights Watch Award for Extraordinary Activism. The program was Social Media, Solidarity & Safety. Spanos-Dunfey received her M.A. in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her B.A. in international relations and French civilization at Brown University.
Global Citizens Circle’s mission since 1974 remains “to foster diversity, discussion, and constructive change in ourselves, our nation, and our world." Circles are respectful, highly interactive, moderated conversations where concerned individuals with diverse backgrounds add unique perspectives to each discussion. Working with a new generation who build on and re-envision Circles for the 21st Century, together we will co-create new ways of convening people for maximum impact. "As a member of the next generation and coming from a humble background in Nicaragua, I felt my opinions and ideas were valued at a Circle, even as I stood next to individuals who have accomplished great things. I saw how this special forum enables deep connections to take hold between people who may not otherwise have a chance to interact or learn from each other." - Nelly Ortiz