Alannah Crandall of Global Ties San Francisco Receives 2024 Network Innovation Award

March 7, 2024

Alannah Crandall, Manager of International Programs and Events at Global Ties San Francisco, was honored to receive the 2024 Network Innovation Award for Outstanding Group Collaboration for the Global Moment in Time: Reflections on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (GMiT: DEIA) 2023 segment at the Global Ties U.S. National Meeting.

Network Innovation Awards recognize dedicated professionals and their valuable contributions to fostering community-building across the Global Ties U.S. Network and transforming our work in international exchange and citizen diplomacy through innovative, impactful, diverse, and inclusive programming.

Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), GMiT: DEIA was a unique project for over 75 incredible global changemakers to examine understandings of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; analyze how historical barriers continue to impact underrepresented groups; and highlight modern-day efforts to challenge assumptions and change the status quo.

The success of this IVLP Special Initiative spanning 1.5 years — starting virtually in 2021 and culminating in-person in San Francisco in 2023 — took the collective efforts of numerous implementing partners across all levels: program officers and associates at Meridian International Center and the U.S. Department of State, ongoing Bridge Builders, program leadership at Global Ties San Francisco along with several other community-based members, and amazing International Visitor Liaisons.

Together, we navigated complicated logistics and effectively collaborated in creating an unforgettable IVLP experience for our International Visitors.

“This award is a testament to what we can all accomplish when we work together.”

2024 Network Innovation Award for Outstanding Group Collaboration: All Awardees

Alannah Crandall, Global Ties San Francisco
Maria Garcia-Olalla, Cleveland Council on World Affairs
Elise Sappington, Colorado Springs World Affairs Council
Jodi Michaels, Global Ties Kalamazoo
Heather van Dyk, WorldOrlando
Andrea Vanessa Castillo, WorldOregon
Sarah Sibley, WorldBoston
Mustafa Abubakr, Meridian International Center
Anna Bradley, Meridian International Center
Jillian Kenney, Meridian International Center
Mary Sauerborn, Meridian International Center
Katie Smith, Meridian International Center
Renée Worthington, Meridian International Center
Tatyana Albert, Liaison
Belinda Chiu, Liaison & Bridge Builder
Jennifer Strauss Gurss, Liaison & Bridge Builder
Frank Kasell, Liaison
Maureen Kelly, Liaison
William Kelly, Liaison
Igor Leybzon, Liaison
Brittany Lynk, Liaison
Bessik Matchavariani, Liaison
Maya Panova, Liaison
Guerda Romain-Chatelain, Liaison
Anatoli Samochornov, Liaison

Note: Additional virtual 2021 implementing partners include Global Minnesota, Global Ties Arizona, Global Ties Detroit, International Citizen Diplomacy of Los Angeles, and WorldChicago.