WASHINGTON – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce it has established an alumni council to help guide the course and leverage the full potential of its 150,000-plus member network of American and international exchange alumni.
The Cultural Vistas Alumni Council was initiated earlier this year to support a wide range of activities designed to serve individuals who have participated in the organization’s educational and professional exchange programs. The council is made up of a dedicated group of eight experienced and established alumni volunteers who will help strengthen the connection between alumni and raise the visibility of the Cultural Vistas Alumni Network on a national and international scale.
“The international experience I had as a Bosch Fellow benefited me professionally and personally in more ways than I can count,” said Alumni Council Co-Chair Bradley Shingleton on his support for the group. “Now, many years later, that experience continues to enrich my work and personal life; it has paid more dividends than I ever could have imagined.”
Made up of Cultural Vistas alumni that span generations and geographies, the council serves as advocates for international exchange supporters of the organization’s ever-expanding alumni network. Members provide strategic guidance and counsel, while helping bring forth events, programs, and initiatives to current and future alumni and encouraging their participation, engagement, and support.
“My year in Germany, working for Raphaels-Werk opened my eyes to the world, our common humanity and the change that we can pursue together,” said Nancy Mancilla, Alumni Council Co-Chair and alumna of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. In July, Nancy and fellow council member, Kristine Angell, facilitated a networking and community-building event in San Diego attended by 60-plus Cultural Vistas alumni and current exchange participants.
The Cultural Vistas Alumni Network officially launched in 2016. For the latest information regarding Cultural Vistas Alumni Network, please visit: culturalvistas.org/alumni.
The Cultural Vistas Alumni Council is:
|Name||Title||Program Affiliation (Year)|
|Nancy Mancilla, Co-Chair||CEO, ISOS Group||CBYX (1999-2000)|
|Bradley Shingleton, Co-Chair||General Counsel, Deutsche Telekom||Bosch Fellowship (1986-87)|
|Kristine Angell||CEO, Hopscotch Labs||CBYX (1997-98)|
|Sylvia Becker||Special Counsel, Kaye Scholer LLP||Bosch Fellowship (1990-91)|
|Cordell Carter II||CEO, TechTown Foundation, Inc.||Bosch Fellowship (2007-08)|
|Jason C. Jarrell||U.S. Director, Interel Group||Alfa Fellowship (2006-07)|
|John Schmitz||Managing Director, Prime Policy Group||Bosch Fellowship (1984-85)|
|Chris Wolz||President and CEO, Forum One||IAESTE United States (1982)|