Bethany Bennick is the manager of investor engagement at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Her primary duties include developing the strategy and implementation of the Ambassador Program and supporting the organization’s strategic councils.
An Arizona native, Bethany has also called California, France, and Switzerland home. Her childhood embodied the nexus between hyper-localization and globalization in a way that has shaped her entire adult life. This passion for global cooperation led her to pursue several extended opportunities overseas, including a UNHCR-affiliate internship in Switzerland and a teaching assistantship with the French Ministry of National Education in Northern France.
While having the good fortune to live, study, and work abroad, she ultimately returned home due of the immense opportunity to introduce the world to Arizona and vice versa. She accomplished this through her work managing 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 thematic 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, as well as 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’s Valley Young Professionals and Global Ties Arizona. She is a former graduate fellow and current member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Recently, she has joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Phoenix Hub and serves on the Young Talent Advisory Board for the Center for the Future of Arizona. Bethany is also a 2017 alumna of both the FBI and Scottsdale Police citizens academies. She has been fortunate to travel to 25+ countries across three continents and visit 10 U.S. states.
Bethany has full professional proficiency in French. She enjoys exploring the great outdoors, bingeing on podcasts, spending time with friends, and fostering dogs.