Who We Are

Citizen Diplomacy International is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that engages the Philadelphia region in international affairs, promotes dialogue and understanding through the exchange of ideas, and builds a global network of friendships for our region’s institutions and people.

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Relationships Drive Diplomacy

We believe that international exchange contributes to the world's growth and stability and enriches the Philadelphia region with a deeper understanding of world cultures and ideas. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the City of Philadelphia, we bring 1,000 international visitors and the best ideas from 150 countries to Philadelphia each year through professional and high school exchange programs. With the support of individual and corporate members, our Citizen Diplomat Academy gives international education to Philadelphia students developing the next generation of global citizens.

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We Represent Philadelphia

Our community of 2,250 Citizen Diplomats tell Philadelphia’s story. We welcome students, current and emerging world leaders and influencers and have authentic conversations in professional meetings, informal diners and events. Business leaders, students, teachers, immigrants, advocates, scientists, humanitarians, or adventurers all serve as Citizen Diplomats, helping to represent America and show the world the diverse, innovative, culturally vibrant people that make Philadelphia a thriving global city.

Together, we promote all that Philadelphia is world-famous for. We are a city of immigrants. We are the birthplace of American democracy. We are national leaders in human rights and justice. We are passionate innovators in journalism, medicine, education, entrepreneurism, and more.

Our Impact

Since 1954, Citizen Diplomacy International has connected over 40,000 Philadelphians and 30,000 emerging leaders worldwide, equipping them with leadership skills and a global peer network. Citizen Diplomacy creates a pipeline for the inclusion of underrepresented voices in diplomacy and international affairs. These human connections continue to be powerful tools to make our world safer, more understanding, and ready to solve our toughest global challenges.

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Our Team

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Our Impact

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