Announcements / December 1, 2016

Two New Members Join the Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors

Global Ties U.S. Board of Directors with GlobalPittsburgh Executive Director Gail Shrott (seated, far left) and U.S. Department of State representatives Carol Grabauskas and Susan Shultz (standing center and seated center, respectively).

WASHINGTON, DC — The Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization Global Ties U.S. is pleased to announce that two nationally-respected professionals will join its Board of Directors in early 2017. They bring a wealth of experience in the areas of international education, journalism foreign policy, business, and nonprofit management. Let’s turn this into an opportunity point — less about uncertainty more about great need for Global Ties Network to be actively engaging a wide range of stakeholders to support our work.
Given the increased uncertainty of the future of foreign policy and exchange programs, these new directors add a great mix of insights and experiences to the Global Ties U.S. Board.

“The addition of these two new members brings a fresh perspective to the Board. I am excited and inspired to work with the new board to step forward and build understanding between people and nations,” states Jacqui Shipe, the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors.

John C. Bersia, Special Assistant to the President for Global Perspectives, Director of the Global Perspectives Office and Professor at the University of Central Florida is also a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and serves as Executive Producer and host of the award winning “Global Perspectives” radio program. In addition, he has served as Foreign Affairs Columnist for McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and the Orlando Sentinel, as well as being on the board of Global Ties U.S. community-based member organization World Affairs Council of Orlando.

Diana A. Bucco is currently President of the Buhl Foundation, which is based in Pittsburgh and leverages its resources to encourage organizations and people to achieve their dreams. Prior to this position, Ms. Bucco had a lengthy career with the Forbes Fund and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. Ms. Bucco has expertise in strategy formation and restructuring, financial modeling, and nonprofit capacity building.

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