Citizen Diplomacy Alliance for International Visitors,
Hosts the World

What We Do

The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance is a nonprofit group that designs and implements professional programs and provides cultural activities and home hospitality opportunities for foreign leaders, specialists, and international scholars. Citizen Diplomacy is the idea that the individual citizen has the right – even the responsibility – to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time.” By opening our homes, offices, and schools to foreign leaders participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Program and other exchanges, Citizen Diplomacy Alliance members foster international understanding and cooperation, constructive economic connections, and peaceful interaction.

Citizen Diplomacy

Would you like to serve as a citizen diplomat and host foreign leaders visiting Southern Arizona? The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance offers unique opportunities to engage in citizen diplomacy with participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges.

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About Us

The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance for International Visitors serves participants in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges, building person-to-person relationships “one handshake at a time.”

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Calendar of Events

Please join us for any of our wonderful community events. Remember to check back often as we are developing new opportunities with new friends around the globe!

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Membership

Become part of bringing the world closer together.

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Who We Are

The Citizen Diplomacy Alliance for International Visitors serves participants in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges, building person-to-person relationships "one handshake at a time."
The International Visitor Leadership Program

administered by the U.S. Department of State annually brings to the United States approximately 5,000 foreign nationals from all over the world to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience America firsthand. The visitors, who are selected by United States Foreign Service Officers overseas, are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and other fields.

Our Team

We are dedicated to making the world a better place, one visit at a time.

Pat Watson

Executive Director
In charge of building the international community.
patwatson@patwatson.com Background in hospitality.
In charge of building the international community.

Peter Becskehazy

President

Patricia Houston

Vice President
patricia.houston@gmail.com

Maria Valdez-Cardenas

Treasurer

Alma Peralta

Secretary
acperalta@gmail.com

Abbi Gold

Member at Large; Programmer
abbi.gold0161@gmail.com

Weston Brown

wcbrown@pima.edu Member at Large

Patricia Houston

Board Member

Jeff Daniels

Member at Large

Justin Allred

Member at Large

Michael Ford

Member at Large
mford@Primavera.org

Rose Rojas

Member at Large

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