October 6, 2023
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) announced that former Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), who retired from Congress on June 1, 2023, has joined the USGLC National Advisory Council. Rep. Cicilline – who served on the Foreign Affairs Committee for over a decade and co-founded the bipartisan House Diplomacy Caucus – joins other trusted voices and experts on foreign policy, including past Cabinet Secretaries Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, and Tom Ridge, former Senate Majority Leaders Bill Frist and Tom Daschle and many other legislators. Members of the National Advisory Council provide strategic counsel to the USGLC on its efforts to advocate for America’s global leadership and a strong U.S. International Affairs Budget.
“As a former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Cicilline brings unique insights into some of the world’s most pressing crises. In this role, he led numerous Congressional delegations to some of the most complex places in the world and will bring his powerful and persuasive voice in support of America’s leadership abroad. We are truly fortunate to tap his talent and expertise in supporting America’s diplomacy and development programs as necessary for protecting the security and economic interests of American families,” said USGLC President and CEO Liz Schrayer.
“As a founder of the bipartisan House Diplomacy Caucus, Rep. Cicilline has demonstrated an ability and passion for bringing leaders from across the spectrum together in support of this important work,” continued Schrayer.“We look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience and expertise.”
“I am honored to join the USGLC National Advisory Council and to help shape and advance this coalition’s important work,” said Rep. Cicilline. “From my service on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have seen firsthand how investments in development programs abroad help American families here at home.”
“I see this in my work in Rhode Island, where we are working to advance economic security for all people,” continued Cicilline. “If America pulls back from the world and humanitarian crises, refugees, and conflict are allowed to spread, we will be unable to shield ourselves from the impact of instability abroad at home. That’s why I am proud to be joining the USGLC National Advisory Council to ensure America remains engaged in the world to advance our nation’s economic, security and health interests.”
A complete list of the members of the USGLC Advisory Councils can be found here.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.