Announcements / August 15, 2019

Global Ties U.S. Welcomes New Advisory Council Members

Washington, DC — The Washington, DC-based nonprofit Global Ties U.S. is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to its Advisory Council: Carol Engebretson Byrne, Sherry L. Mueller, Ph.D., and Ambassador Kathleen Stephens. These distinguished individuals bring decades of experience in nonprofit management, public diplomacy, and international exchanges to the council, and Global Ties U.S. is thrilled to welcome them to an important leadership body for the organization.

“The Advisory Council is incredibly fortunate to have Carol, Sherry, and Kathy join us,” noted Philip Lauinger and Lawrence Chastang, Co-Chairs of the Advisory Council. “With their unique backgrounds and experiences in international exchanges and public diplomacy, we very much look forward to their contributions.”

Carol Engebretson Byrne is the former President of Global Minnesota, a Global Ties U.S. Community-Based Member in Minneapolis, MN. She stepped down earlier this year after 22 remarkable years with the organization, which grew and achieved great success as a member of the Global Ties Network under her leadership. She previously served on the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors from 2005-2011.

Sherry L. Mueller, Ph.D., is President Emeritus of Global Ties U.S., and has developed a wealth of knowledge over the course of her renowned career in international exchanges and public diplomacy. From leading the organization, to also serving as a Liaison Officer for the U.S. Department of State, and as a Director of Professional Exchange Programs for the Institute of International Education, Mueller possesses a deep understanding of Global Ties U.S.’ core values and mission. She currently teaches at American University’s School of International Service.

Ambassador Kathleen Stephens is President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. Before joining KEI, she was a career diplomat in the Foreign Service from 1978-2015. Her impressive tenure took her to China, Portugal, and the former Yugoslavia, in addition to Northern Ireland, where she was the U.S. General Counsel in Belfast during the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Ambassador Stephens notably served as the U.S. Ambassador to Korea from 2008-2011 and the Charge d’Affaires in India from 2014-2015. She also has held numerous leadership positions at the White House and the U.S. Department of State, including Acting Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

“We are thrilled to welcome such amazing and inspiring women to our Advisory Council,” said Katherine Brown, Ph.D., President and CEO of Global Ties U.S. “Carol, Sherry, and Kathleen are unbelievably knowledgeable, experienced, and respected in the field of public diplomacy and international exchange, and we could not be luckier to have their support.”

In addition to Lauinger, Chastang, Byrne, Mueller, and Stephens, the following nine individuals are also members of the Advisory Council:

  • The Honorable Bruce S. Buckland
  • Lynn Chia
  • Alexander Durtka, Jr.
  • Akram Elias
  • Ambassador Richard Lebaron
  • Ambassador Kenton Keith
  • Ambassador Barbara Stephenson
  • Sam Masoud Yono
  • John Zogby

The Global Ties U.S. Advisory Council is comprised of prominent individuals who provide support and expertise to help Global Ties U.S. achieve its vision and mission. Council members serve as advisors and ambassadors for Global Ties U.S., building bridges with individuals and organizations that are aligned with its mission. Advisory Council members are nominated by the president, the board of directors, or other advisory council members.

About Global Ties U.S.

Global Ties U.S. is a nonprofit that makes international exchange programs more effective. We work with our members and the U.S. Department of State to bring current and future leaders from around the world to communities across the United States. Together, we build deep connections among people from many countries, resulting in a more peaceful, prosperous world.

Daniel Bremer-Wirtig
Director, External Affairs
Global Ties U.S.