(Washington, DC) – SIUC alum Kouri Marshall, Executive Director of Democratic GAIN and Founder of 3K1A Strategies, LLC, participated in a 14-day political exchange program to Australia as a delegate organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
Marshall joined six other emerging political and policy leaders between the ages of 25-40 from across the United States to explore the governance, politics, and policy making in Australia. The exchange was arranged by ACYPL in partnership with the US Embassy-Canberra, and the Australian Political Exchange Program, and made possible by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“ACYPL exchanges give American local leaders a global perspective. Throughout their program, delegates will meet with high-level government and policy officials, political party representatives, business and community leaders, and ACYPL alumni,” explained ACYPL CEO Linda Rotunno. “They will explore a whole range of issues, and gain a unique perspective on Australia’s history, politics and culture. Most importantly, we hope they will forge professional relationships and friendships that will last a lifetime.”
In addition to Marshall, the American delegates who also participated in this exchange include: The Honorable Raumesh Akbari, Member, Tennessee General Assembly, Jinyoung Lee Englund, Vice President of Strategy, Digital Currency Council, Leslie Fox, Director, Legislative Outreach, International Council of Shopping Centers, Stephen Plevniak, Manager, Federal Government Affairs, Xcel Energy Inc., The Honorable Katrina Shankland, Assistant Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Assembly. The group will be accompanied by ACYPL alumnus Doug Stang, Director, State and Local Public Affairs, 3M.
Since 1966, the American Council of Young Political Leaders [ACYPL] has designed and implemented unique international exchange activities for political leaders worldwide. Our programs are designed to encourage civil discourse, active citizenship, and engaged and sound public policy making. They promote sustained professional relationships and friendships among young people poised to become tomorrow’s global leaders and policy makers.
At a time when national and international politics are polarized and unresponsive to mounting public policy challenges, ACYPL’s efforts to promote civil dialogue and civic engagement among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from across the US and their multi-partisan peers from around the world has never been more urgent. ACYPL exchanges enhance participants’ ability to shape broader perspectives about the world and make them better decision makers at home.
Each year, with support from the United States Department of State, our international exchange partner organizations, and a wide range of corporate, foundation, labor, and individual partners, we conduct a variety of bilateral and multilateral exchanges for emerging leaders from across the United States and around the world. ACYPL has a network of over 8,500 alumni in 125 countries and territories, many whom have risen to positions of national and international prominence.
For more information on ACYPL, please visit http://www.acypl.org