2023 Year in Review
People-to-people exchanges bring the world closer together. In 2023, Global Ties San Francisco reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to fostering global connections, facilitating interactions between 486 exchange participants and over 500 local experts and community members. As we continued our safe and steady return to full capacity, we used this transitional period to expand the scope and vibrancy of our exchange programs.
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We at Global Ties San Francisco are proud to showcase the results of our 2023 exchange program activities made possible with the support of our community and program partners:
Through our work with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other customized programs, we welcomed 486 exchange participants to the San Francisco Bay Area—including 435 international visitors representing 130 countries, and 51 up-and-coming U.S. Citizen exchange alumni.
Top delegation subject matter:
- Democracy and human rights
- Cybersecurity and information technology
- Entrepreneurship and economic opportunity
- Journalism, combating disinformation, and media literacy
- Environmental protection/conservation and the climate crisis
Let’s take a closer look at our recent adventures in subnational diplomacy.
A high-impact, large-scale project for 72 visitors from 53 countries.
We presented an entrepreneurial IVLP group of 20 visitors with an exclusive cultural exchange mixer held at and in collaboration with World Affairs and their Emerging Leaders Club.
Our new International Program Coordinator, Oli Vorster, joined the team.
May 27-June 1
An IVLP group of government officials from Uzbekistan focused on Cyber Policy and Infrastructure Protection for Countering Transnational Threats in a Digital World. #InfoSec
We provided this IVLP group of seven visitors from the Indo-Pacific with high-quality meetings across our geographic region from San Francisco to Monterey; as well as with an International Visitor Mixer in collaboration with World Affairs.
International Program Coordinator Oli Vorster attended the Vermont Council on World Affairs and Global Ties U.S. Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit: Building an Inclusive Climate Movement in Burlington, Vermont.
August 29-September 2
One of the first IVLP projects led by our new International Program Coordinator, this engaged our connections at Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi), a meeting visitors called “one of their favorite and most impactful during their time in the United States.”
An absolutely phenomenal initiative that we were honored to be a part of! Huge thanks in particular to the Tribal Marine Stewards Network for bringing together tribal leaders from across the state to meet with our Chilean counterparts on environmental stewardship.
Our Career Connections San Francisco capacity-building and professional development conference featured 96% attendance and high-level speakers from LinkedIn, Meta, Netflix, Google, a venture capital firm, an angel investor, and a local Diplomat-in-Residence.
A dynamic Thai group with Thai Sign Language, American Sign Language, and Thai-English interpretation, along with fantastic meeting hosts and cultural activities!
This project illustrated the impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy and in the global economy. Particular kudos are due to the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce (SFAACC), who gathered an impressive 25-speaker lineup with a thoughtful array of perspectives and discussion.