Bethany Bennick is the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Director of International Affairs. She is responsible for implementing the organization’s foreign direct investment strategy through proactive international business attraction and strategic global engagement of foreign markets. Bethany previously served as GPEC’s Senior Manager of Domestic & International Engagement and as the Manager of Investor Engagement, where she designed and implemented over 50 topical events for the Ambassador Program and Regional Report webcast series.
An Arizona native, Bethany has also called France and Switzerland home. Fueled by an innate passion for cross-cultural cooperation, Bethany pursued several extended experiences overseas, including an UNHCR-affiliate internship in Switzerland and a teaching assistantship with the French Ministry of National Education in Northern France, before returning home to introduce the world to Arizona and vice versa. Upon her return, Bethany managed several award-winning public diplomacy programs at Phoenix Sister Cities and Global Ties Arizona, curating the exchange of 469 citizen diplomats from over 70 countries, including 35 delegations for the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. For most, it was their first encounter with Arizona.
Bethany’s global mindset led to her ongoing involvement in Greater Phoenix’s international community, including the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, where she helped establish a young professional’s membership and served as a graduate fellow and as the incoming Vice Chair at Global Ties Arizona, her former employer. She was recently selected as a Next Gen Global Leader with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She is also the Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Phoenix Hub, a board member at Alliance Française in Greater Phoenix, and an advisory member with Global Chamber Phoenix. Bethany is also deeply passionate about young talent attraction and retention. She is a former two-term board member with Valley Young Professionals at the Greater Phoenix Chamber (2014-18). She now serves on the Young Talent Advisory Board for the Center for the Future of Arizona.
Bethany holds an M.A. in Global Affairs & Management from ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, dual B.A. degrees in International Relations and French from Pepperdine University and an undergraduate law certificate in conflict resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. While at school, she worked for the Global Justice Program researching international adoption law and the Palmer Center for Micro-Enterprise aiding homeless aspiring entrepreneurs.
In 2019, Bethany traveled to India for a State Department Good Governance & Society Fellowship. In 2017, Bethany graduated from both the FBI and Scottsdale Police citizens’ academies. She routinely volunteers as a decoy to train TSA K-9 units. Bethany has full professional proficiency in French. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, podcasts, hosting gatherings and fostering dogs via the Arizona Border Collie Rescue.