Board Member Spotlight

The Alliance is featuring its newest Board Members and highlighting the great work they are doing within their organizations and in the broader international exchange community.

In this week’s Board Member Spotlight: Katherine Brown

Currently serving as President and CEO of Global Ties U.S., Katherine Brown has joined the Alliance Board of Directors. In this brief interview, Katherine tells us about her background in government and non-profit organizations and her inspiration for pursuing a career in international exchange. She notes that being a part of not just an individual but a collective mission motivates her to be an engaged member of our community. Read Katherine’s full interview below.

  • What inspired you to pursue a career in this field?

Public diplomacy and international exchange has been important to me since I was an exchange student as a teenager. When I began a career in international affairs out of college, I became increasingly interested in how non-state actors, people, moved ideas and events that shaped the climate for U.S. foreign policy. After working nearly 20 years in the field for the federal government, Congress, and via non-profit organizations, I’m thrilled to now be running Global Ties U.S. to support the American organizations throughout the country that help create the infrastructure for public diplomacy programming inside the U.S.

  • What influenced you to join the Alliance Board of Directors?

The Alliance’s work has been critical to ensuring that the U.S. government’s public diplomacy efforts are authorized and sufficiently funded, and that Congress sees information, cultural and educational programs as essential tools in U.S. foreign policy efforts. I’m energized to be part of a community that wants to ensure that we’re communicating with Congress and the American public the centrality of this work and the positive impact that it has.

  • What is your favorite thing about the Alliance community?

I love the diversity of the members and how we’re all working to advance international exchange from various angles: private sector exchanges, professional development programs, youth exchanges, etc. Ensuring there are strong networks between America’s emerging leaders with their foreign counterparts takes a vast amount of work and it is gratifying to be part of a talented group committed to not just their organization’s missions, but our collective mission.

  • What excites you most about the direction of the Alliance, and how will you contribute to it?

I’m thrilled to be helping to support the advocacy work the Alliance team is doing and to help determine new ways to communicate exchange programs’ impact to our national security and overall prosperity.