Announcements / October 26, 2023

Global Ties U.S. Announces 2024 Cohort of Emerging Leaders 

The Washington, DC-based nonprofit Global Ties U.S. is pleased to announce the next cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program. These 12 exceptional individuals, nominated by member organizations of the Global Ties Network, were selected for their outstanding potential to lead and shape the future of public diplomacy and international exchange. 

Congratulations and welcome to the 2024 Emerging Leaders Cohort: 

  • Ariel Bradic, Iowa International Center 
  • James Escobedo, Global Santa Fe  
  • Abby Fowler, Global Ties Iowa 
  • Lily Fowler, Utah Global Diplomacy 
  • Noah Gray, Global Ties Alabama 
  • Matthew Matava, World Affairs Council of St. Louis 
  • Ty McGlynn, Global Ties Sacramento 
  • Meagan O’Malley, World Learning 
  • Greg Pal, Cleveland Council on World Affairs 
  • Elena Thomson, Lincoln Council for International Visitors 
  • Bree Turner, WorldOregon 
  • Andrea Weyneth, International Citizen Diplomacy of Los Angeles 

The Emerging Leaders Program has been a cornerstone of the Global Ties Network since 2011, offering a select group of interns and volunteers from around the Global Ties Network the chance to participate in a unique, year-long professional development and enrichment opportunity. Emerging Leaders build their professional skills through a series of virtual engagements, such as tailored workshops and panel discussions; they attend the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting to experience multiple days of programming and networking opportunities; and they plan and implement a service project in their own communities aimed at engaging young people in some aspect of international affairs. 

This year’s Emerging Leaders Program was redesigned to align more closely with the academic calendar, allowing participants to collaborate more easily with their universities to complete their service projects. The cohort will also have additional opportunities to engage with Emerging Leaders alumni.  

Katherine Brown, President and CEO of Global Ties U.S., noted: “The Emerging Leaders Program includes more than 150 alumni who have pursued careers, leadership roles, or higher education in globally focused fields, including positions inside and outside government and with the Global Ties Network. We are delighted to welcome this new cohort for 2024. We look forward to providing them with diverse opportunities for learning and with inspiration to give back to their own communities.” 

The Emerging Leaders Program is 100% funded by donors. For more information and to support this important work, see HERE.