A Message from CPD's Advisory Board Chair

In this strange pandemic year, the Center on Public Diplomacy, under Jay Wang’s leadership, has not only held its own; it has prospered. The Center continued to publish a flood of the latest research and commentary on public diplomacy. It pivoted to take its much-admired training programs for mid-career professionals online; established a new pattern for providing training in a hybrid remote/in-person environment; and hosted symposia on such subjects as city diplomacy and with special guests including U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. 

The Center continued to implement its strategic plan for growth and new initiatives with its inaugural Innovation Prize for State Department officials. Our Board has grown in size and strength with the addition of Colleen Bell, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and current California Film Commissioner, and Marie Royce, who recently served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs. 

The coming year holds even greater promise as we seek to grow our funding, reach out to our global alumni, deepen our database and develop new ways to offer our training and research in the digital world. 

Barry A. Sanders
Advisory Board Chair

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