The Pacific Council is pleased to launch the Global City Fellowship program to facilitate city-to-city collaboration that informs policy solutions on issues that are important to our organization, including city leadership, global health diplomacy, trade, sustainability, and national security.

This new program is meant to develop leaders in subnational diplomacy and build upon a framework for Los Angeles' city leadership on the global stage. 

Our work will align with that of other institutions, governments, and partners who are working on city leadership around the world. The Pacific Council believes that collaboration helps to advance policy change in key priority areas. 

Each fellow will work with a different international partner to achieve the following:

  • Contribute to substantive policy solutions on problems facing global cities;
  • Develop public awareness and understanding on issues where city-to-city collaboration could lead to improved policy outcomes;
  • Increase connectivity between citizens in Los Angeles and other global cities on issues of mutual concern. 

Global City Fellowship, UAE Project

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first Global City Fellow this summer, in partnership with the United Arab Emirates. Thank you to the U.A.E. for valuing city diplomacy and supporting the Pacific Council to work with you on issues related to sustainability and climate change.

We welcome Kelsey Suemnicht as our inaugural Global City Fellow for the U.A.E. project. Kelsey is a public affairs professional who has worked as a contract Digital Engagement Manager at the U.S. Department of State, Media Analyst at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and Editorial Researcher at Foreign Policy Magazine. She holds a Masters in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. 

Read Kelsey's policy paper on Climate Sustainability & City Diplomacy.

Kelsey Suemnicht, Global City Fellow, U.A.E. Project

The U.A.E. program will include private, invitation-only virtual roundtable discussions among experts in sustainability and climate action who will discuss and pose collaborative solutions for their respective cities on these issues. There will also be public-facing events featuring high-level speakers and a delegation to the U.A.E. in early 2022. 


If you are interested in learning more about the Global City Fellowship program as a supporter or global city partner, please contact us at

Organizations and individuals who work in city/public diplomacy, consulates, embassies, or a similar role are encouraged to reach out.

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