Evan joins the USGLC from Global Ties Arizona, where he served as Operations Assistant, aiding the local implementation of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Previously, he served as a field organizer for a successful City Council campaign in Phoenix, and as Project Supervisor for an international nonprofit in Panama. While in school, Evan held numerous internships including with the Official Trade Representative for the City of Phoenix to Mexico, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Dorn Policy Group. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Evan attended Arizona State University where he obtained Bachelors of Science degrees in Political Science and Sociology, and a minor in Spanish Literature. Evan is currently based in Washington, D.C.
At the USGLC, we are leading advocates of the International Affairs Budget (IAB), so one of the first things we discuss with our interns is the importance of these programs for America’s global leadership in development and diplomacy around the world. At just 1% of the total federal budget, IAB programs are a strategic investment in advancing our country’s health, economic, and security interests. They play a critical role in responding to humanitarian crises, tackling global health challenges, and preventing conflict, among many other vital activities. Moreover, international affairs funding from Congress is responsible for supporting agencies and programs that include the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, and global health and foreign assistance.
Today marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day, one of the world’s largest secular observances in which more than a billion people around the globe recognize the need to invest in our planet. People are celebrating by planting trees, picking up litter, demonstrating in their communities, and asking policymakers and leaders from their communities to support this year’s Earth Day theme to #InvestInOurPlanet.