480-945-7750

WHAT WE’RE ABOUT

New Video from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce!

 

Global Ties Arizona President and CEO Wendy Anderton explains the local impact our work, the challenges we face, and how you can get involved in the work we do to influence the world through international exchanges and Citizen Diplomacy.

OUR MISSION

Global Ties Arizona builds and strengthens relationships between its members, businesses and nations through international exchange and educational programs.

OUR VISION

Global Ties Arizona is recognized as Arizona’s leader in Citizen Diplomacy, promoting cultural awareness and instilling an ethos of global engagement and learning.

OUR VALUES

  • Practice diplomacy
  • Value people and relationships
  • Foster life-long learning
  • Bring cultures together
  • Reflect the world we want to see

WHAT WE DO

Encourage and enable Arizonans and international visitors to build ties of understanding

Build relationships between Arizonans, international visitors, and subject matter experts to address mutual challenges

Foster relevant, well-informed discourse on contemporary global affairs

Enable the Arizona business community to gain global competencies and expand networks

Support and enhance the quality and reach of the U.S. Department of State’s educational and cultural exchange programs

Inspire and facilitate students’ interest in international engagement

Export the best possible Arizona experience

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Global Ties Arizona

7525 E. Camelback Road, Suite 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
United States of America
(480)945-7750

 

STAFF AND INTERNS

Wendy Anderton

Wendy Anderton

President and CEO

After eight years serving in volunteer and Board member capacities at Global Ties Arizona, Wendy was selected to lead Global Ties Arizona as its President and CEO. Wendy is focused on scaling Global Ties Arizona to prominence in the citizen diplomacy landscape through implementation of the mission and a values/culture based working environment.

Wendy considers herself an example of success based on perseverance. Having faced self-infliced hardship that left her homeless and addicted, Wendy has rebuilt her life on the foundations formed at the bottom-most points.

Wendy has traveled outside of the U.S. extensively, organizing spiritual tours for groups of up to 200 in both the U.S. and abroad. Her experiences in Africa, Europe and the Middle East changed her world view, and it is that passion that drives her to servant-leadership, including serving in capacities that advance causes she cares about.

Wendy was recently named the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Phoenix Unsung Hero Awardee, Presidents Choice Awardee, and Member of the Year. She served on the NAWBO Phoenix Board as Advocacy Chair. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Arizona Society for Association Executives, is a member of the Arizona Association of Non-Profits, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Global Chamber, and the National Small Business Association, where she serves on the Technology Council. She also serves as an Ambassador for Project C.U.R.E and a member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee.

Wendy and her spouse, Heather, operate a guinea pig animal rescue and live in Phoenix with their three dogs, two cats, three rats, one hamster, and up to 40 guinea pigs. Wendy pursues her hobbies of fiber arts and is learning to spin yarn.

Marlon Tanner

Marlon Tanner

Program Associate

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marlon attended Temple University in Philadelphia. He recently graduated with a BA in Communication Studies with a focus on global civil society. He minored in Business and French, which he speaks conversationally.

During college, Marlon volunteered with the Workaway Program through different European cities like Annecy, France Brugge, Belgium and Rome, Italy teaching English and assisting with Bed and Breakfasts. He also interned at Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia as a Communications intern where he planned delegations, monthly networking events, and the company’s annual gala. New to Phoenix, Marlon plans to continue working with International Diplomacy so he can travel to new parts of the world!

Eyerusalem Debebe

Eyerusalem Debebe

Program Assistant

Originally from Ethiopia, Eyerusalem moved to Phoenix, Arizona at a young age. After attending middle school and High school in Phoenix, she decided to move and experience a different part of the U.S by attending St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She recently graduated with her BBA degree double majoring in International Business and Marketing.

During college, Eyerusalem was an active member in many different school organizations. She was in many executive roles including Vice-President for the Enactus-St. Mary’s chapter. During her time with Enactus, she was able to travel to Bengaluru, India twice in which she was able to teach underprivileged women Business Development and implementation plans. She was also able to work with the Enactus group to help with campus recycling in which revenue was generated and the revenue served as a scholarship for orphaned children in a Marianist community in India.

Eyerusalem also studied abroad in South Korea in which she was able to learn about the Korean culture, conducting business in Asia and more. Eyerusalem also speaks her native language-Amharic, fluently. Eyerusalem plans on continuing her education in International Business to expand her knowledge in this globally interconnected world and be able to travel more in the future.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dan Schweiker

Dan Schweiker

Interim Chairman

Retired

Open  Position

Open Position

Vice Chairman

Zarrin Caldwell

Zarrin Caldwell

Secretary

Contract Liaison for IVLP

David Wilson

David Wilson

Treasurer

Retired

Michael Patterson

Michael Patterson

Director

Spencer Fane

Pallav Acharya

Pallav Acharya

Director

Global Tax and Accounting, PLLC

Richard Fincher

Richard Fincher

Director

Cornell University

Shelley Stephenson

Shelley Stephenson

Director

Arizona State University

Therese Tendick

Therese Tendick

Corporate Director

Maricopa Community College District

Lorianne Taitano

Lorianne Taitano

Corporate Director

SRP

Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp

Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp

Advisory Board

City of Scottsdale

Kyle Moyer

Kyle Moyer

Advisory Board

Kyle Moyer & Co.

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