Applications for Amplify are now closed

The Pacific Council is piloting a new program called Amplify, an opportunity for emerging leaders who are doing globally-oriented work in their local communities.

The Pacific Council wishes to cultivate local-to-global leaders by serving as a project accelerator and profile-builder for early to mid-career professionals. The Council seeks to be a national advocate for diversity in foreign policy and a stimulator of local-to-global initiatives from the western United States; therefore, it is our hope that this program will amplify the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color who have been traditionally underrepresented in foreign affairs.

Our inaugural Amplify cohort will have access to the following for four months between February and June 2022:

  1. Opportunity to develop a project that connects their local community to the rest of the world. Participants will then partake in a pitch contest at the end of the program and receive feedback on their ideas from accomplished professionals in the field. Pitch contest participants will receive prizes;
  2. Professional development opportunities such as networking and access to high-level meetings with global leaders;
  3. Publicity opportunities to showcase projects to Pacific Council partners, and members who are global leaders representing a variety of sectors; 
  4. Peer networking amongst the inaugural cohort of participants; and
  5. Complimentary Pacific Council membership for a year.

The majority of activities will be held virtually.

Interested and qualified individuals are asked to submit an application here

Criteria for selection include:

  • Individuals who can clearly address the problem they wish to solve through a local-to-global project concept that will be refined during their time with Amplify. This may be a project you are working on professionally or through volunteer or pro-bono commitments. We encourage applicants to be clear in how they are drawing local-to-global connections in their applications.
  • Individuals should be under the age of 40 at the time of application.
  • Applicants may work in city or state government, for a nonprofit or advocacy organization, or in the private sector.
  • Priority will be given to individuals who live or work in the western United States, a region often excluded from the U.S. foreign policy conversation

Current Pacific Council members are invited to apply and share the opportunity among your networks. 


The selected participants will be notified in early 2022, and we will host our first virtual meeting shortly thereafter. Selected participants will be expected to commit about 1-3 hours per week for the duration of the program. Specific event dates will be scheduled and shared with the participants as they are available. 


Our inaugural cohort of local-to-global leaders will amplify the voices of young professionals. To sponsor our leaders. make a gift today!


How do I know if my project idea counts as local-to-global

Your project idea should demonstrate how it would make connections between your local community and the rest of the world. Examples include a project that supports immigrants or refugee resettlement; implementing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in your town; or connecting small local business owners to international trade opportunities. If you have further questions about the local-to-global concept please view our description here

Is there a cost to participate in the program? 

There is no financial cost to participants.

Do I need to have a fully formed project proposal in order to apply? 

No. Applicants should have an idea of the problem/issue they would like their project to address but the program is designed to help participants fully form their project pitch/proposal throughout the course of the program. 

If I am a current Pacific Council member can I apply for Amplify? 

Yes. The Amplify experience will be very different from one’s experience in membership, with added benefits, including access to the Amplify curriculum, mentorship services, social activities with other Amplify participants, and the formation of your project pitch. If a current member is selected, their membership dues for the year will be waived.

Do I need to live in Los Angeles in order to apply? 

No. The program will take place virtually, and priority will be given to individuals who live and work in the western United States or outside of the main U.S. foreign policy hubs (from Boston to Washington D.C.).

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen in order to apply? 

No, but your project proposal should reflect local-to-global work happening in the western U.S. If selected, meetings will take place in the Pacific time zone.

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