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YPFP DC: Every Citizen, A Diplomat
Thursday, July 18, 2013 | 6:30 – 8pm
CDC Development Solutions HQ
1030 15th Street NW, Suite 730 East
Washington, DC 20005
Please join YPFP for an evening with the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD). Based in Des Moines, Iowa, USCCD’s mission is to promote and expand opportunities for all Americans to be citizen diplomats and to affirm the indispensable value of citizen involvement in foreign relations. Come learn about USCCD’s work and how they are literally bringing the world to Americans.
Diane Rasmussen, Director, U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Diane has been involved with the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) since shortly after it was founded in 2007, and currently serves as the Director of the USCCD division, working with the CDS management team on strategic direction and implementation of the USCCD mission. During her tenure with the USCCD, Diane has served in multiple capacities, most recently as Director of Communications providing direction on the development, execution of and response to content for the USCCD’s website resources and electronic outreach. She also helped coordinate the implementation of USCCD pilot programs such as American Voices in American Spaces, and the Arab & American Business Fellowship. Prior to joining the USCCD, Diane spent 20 years in the private sector as a consultant with emphasis in contract design, project management, and relationship development. Rasmussen currently serves on the Grand View University World Languages Curriculum Advisory Council and has been active in multiple volunteer capacities over the years including interacting with high-risk youth and school-to-work programs, as well as former president of the Downtown Des Moines Neighborhood Association. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa.
Matt Clark, Program Coordinator | Director, J-Center
Matt Clark first joined the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy as an intern during his senior year at Drake University. After graduating in the spring of 2009 with degrees in Political Science and Public Relations, Matt took a job with the JET Program and moved to central Japan. He spent two life-changing years living and working with Japanese friends and colleagues, falling in love with the country and its people. Matt returned to Des Moines in the fall of 2011 to lead the USCCD’s Japan Center. As Program Coordinator for CDS, he recently led a group of IBM executives on Executive Service Corps programs in Japan. In addition to his commitment to promoting relations between Japan and the U.S., Matt has a passion for citizen diplomacy in all forms and has been lucky enough to spend time in 15 countries around the world. He currently serves on the board of the United Nations Association of Iowa.