Bethany Bennick is the manager of investor engagements at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council where she engages 22-member communities and 160+ private investors to advance the region’s competitiveness. Her primary duties include overseeing the Ambassador Program and topical councils.
An Arizona native, Bethany has also called California, France and Switzerland home. Her passion for global understanding led her to several extended opportunities overseas, including an internship with Pax Romana, a UNHRC affiliated NGO, in Geneva, Switzerland. After completing a teaching assistantship with the French Ministry of Education in France, Bethany returned home to manage exchanges for Phoenix Sister Cities and the World Affairs Council of Arizona. To date, Bethany has curated the exchange of 469 citizen diplomats from 70+ countries, including 35 projects for the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. For many, it was their first encounter with Arizona.
Bethany is a graduate of ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management with a Masters in Global Affairs and Management. She holds concurrent bachelor degrees in International Relations and French from Pepperdine University, and an undergraduate certificate in Conflict Management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. While at Pepperdine, Bethany was heavily involved with the Nootbaar Institute’s Global Justice Program and the Palmer Center’s Micro-Enterprise Program.
Bethany is an active board member for the Greater Phoenix Chamber Valley Young Professionals and HEAL International, former senior fellow and current member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, and alumna of both the FBI and Scottsdale Police citizens academies. She is also a contributing member of the Arizona Infragard and the Global Chamber. She has been fortunate to visit 25 countries across three continents and visit 10 U.S. states. Bethany has full professional proficiency in French. She enjoys the great outdoors, spending time with friends and teaching her cat, Atlas, to walk on a leash.