Citizen Diplomacy Network

The Network unites organizations that are committed to advancing purposeful global engagement at a person-to-person level, providing them with a common platform from which to share, participate, and learn in this important community.

Global Ties U.S.

Active Areas:

Culture and Arts, Development, Education Exchange, International Visitors, K-12 Education, Tourism and Sports, Volunteer Service, National Organization with State Chapters

Age Groups:

Teens (13 – 17 years), Young Adults (18 – 24 years), Adults, Seniors, Families, Groups

Countries Served:

USA, Argentina, The Americas, Benin, Cote D`Ivoire, France, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Pakistan, Romania, Spain, Sudan, Zimbabwe and more


1420 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005, USA


Phone: (202) 842-1414
Fax: (202) 289-4625
[email protected]

Global Ties U.S. is a nonprofit that makes international exchange programs more effective. They work with members and the Department of State to bring current and future leaders from around the world to communities across the United States.

Over 50 years, Global Ties U.S. has provided members—from large, national organizations to smaller, community-based ones across 44 states and 13 countries—with connections, leadership development, and professional resources, so that they are the strongest, most effective organizations they can be. Together, the organization builds deep connections among people from many countries, resulting in a more peaceful, prosperous world.

  • Mission

    Global Ties U.S. strengthens relationships between individuals and nations by making international exchange programs more effective.


    A peaceful, prosperous world where individuals build enduring relationships through international exchange.

  • Global Ties U.S. is dedicated to providing programs and services that develop the leadership and management capacities of its members; strengthens their ability to design high-quality professional programs, cultural activities, and hospitality for exchange participants; and involves ordinary Americans in building mutual understanding between people and nations.

    The organization presents a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year to provide the latest information in building collaborative networks, deepening global relationships, enhancing communications and program design skills, and strengthening organizational capacities in support of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchange programs.

    Programs and Services include:

    • The Global Ties U.S. National Meeting in Washington, DC, the premier gathering of professionals in the field of international exchange
    • Online and face-to-face training and networking opportunities;
    • Publications and resources highlighting best practices in international exchange and non profit management;
    • Grant opportunities;
    • Training and resources that allow citizens to effectively educate their elected representatives, including those in the U.S. Congress, on the value and impact of international exchange; and
    • Advancing member interests at the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies
  • Founded in 1961, Global Ties U.S. and its member organizations have served as private sector partners to the U.S. Department of State's prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). World leaders, ranging from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Mexico's last president Felipe Calderón, developed close ties to the United States through their experience as IVLP participants. With an impressive alumni roster of more than 350 current and former heads of state worldwide, the IVLP and members of the Global Ties network have played a role in shaping U.S. international relations for decades.

    On January 22, 2014, the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) announced its name change to Global Ties U.S. "The new name represents many exciting and positive changes we are undertaking that build on a strong 50-year foundation of working to make international exchange programs more effective." remarked Global Ties U.S. Board Chair Kyle Moyer. "The new name Global Ties U.S. better speaks to the ultimate outcome we seek to achieve in building a more peaceful and prosperous world by strengthening ties between individuals and nations through international exchange programs."

    "We live in a time in history where individuals play an unprecedented role in shaping both domestic and international affairs," remarked Global Ties U.S. President Jennifer Clinton. "Our new name and identity will help us and our 100+ member organizations highlight the important role international exchange programs play as cost-effective public diplomacy tools that support U.S. national security, foreign policy priorities, and economic growth.

  • General Announcement

    In our globalized world, you don't need to travel far to build bridges between nations and peoples. When you get involved, you help your local community stay connected with the world and facilitate the exchange of ideas that help solve our most pressing global challenges.

    Join Global Ties U.S., its members, and the U.S. Department of State for the Diplomacy Begins Here regional summits. Every summit offers you a chance to:

    • connect with local and regional leaders from cross-cutting fields and come together around international exchanges.
    • expand and develop your skills through targeted training that will help all partners who play a role in international exchange maximize the impact of every program.
    • deepen your understanding of U.S. public diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy, and the importance of international exchange programs.

    Registration is now open for the summits in Phoenix, Arizona on November 14 and Huntsville, Alabama on November 19. To find out more about summits in your area taking place next spring and summer, click here.

    Phoenix, Arizona Announcement

    Interested in youth and women's leadership in international and government affairs? Curious about the past, present, and future of foreign relations between the U.S. and Mexico? Want to connect with leaders and professionals in the field of international exchange?

    Then come to the Diplomacy Begins Here summit in Arizona on November 14! Learn more about topics such as:

    • Fostering Connections Between the U.S. & Mexico with Roberto Rodriguez, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix and Christopher Teal, Consul General of the U.S. in Nogales.
    • Youth & International Engagement with stakeholders in the state-wide education community.
    • Women's Role in Government & Diplomacy with education leaders and state legislators.
    • The Foreign Policy View from Congress with Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ).

    This summit is hosted by the Arizona Council for International Visitors & the Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors, Global Ties U.S., and the U.S. Department of State.

    For more information and to register for Diplomacy Begins Here in Arizona, click here.

    Huntsville, Alabama Announcement

    Are you a millennial who desires to lead change in your community? Considering a career in the Foreign Service or international relations? Want to connect with leaders and professionals in the field of international exchange?

    Then come to the Diplomacy Begins Here summit in Alabama on November 19! The summit is designed to engage millennials and connect them, their energy, and their passion to leaders and organizations in the field. Attend and you will:

    • Receive professional development training to strengthen your volunteer base.
    • Meet renowned pollster John Zogby, Author of First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation.
    • Learn how you can leverage your global potential in a dialogue with Mark Powell, Department of State's Diplomat in Residence and Rena Anderson, Director of Community Engagement at Huntsville City Schools.
    • Celebrate local millennial advocates and catalysts for change during a dinner featuring Stephen Black, Founder & President of IMPACT Alabama.

    This summit is hosted by the International Services Council of Alabama, the International Visitors Center of Jackson, Global Ties U.S., and the U.S. Department of State.

    For more information and to register for Diplomacy Begins Here in Alabama, click here.

    Upcoming Events

    Discovery Diplomacy Weekend

    "Join Global Ties U.S. as we celebrate you, and all citizen diplomats, during our Discover Diplomacy Weekend! This special program offers you a unique opportunity to explore the diplomatic world in our nation’s capital–from the U.S. Congress, the White House, and the Department of State, to the 176 countries that have embassies in the city."

    Friday, May 1, 2015 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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