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June 13, 2013
Contact: Gloria Mayne

Seattle International Foundation and City of Seattle announce first Seattle Ambassador

Seattle Ambassador program awards resident trip overseas to see work of local NGO

SEATTLE – Today, the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the City of Seattle Office of the Mayor announced the first winner of the Seattle Ambassador program.

Jozlyn Pelk (20) of Bothell was selected among 1,000 applicants to be the first official Seattle Ambassador, and will travel to Africa, Asia or Latin America in the fall to see firsthand the work of a Seattle-based non-governmental organization (NGO).

The official announcement was made live on King 5 Morning News, with appearances by Mayor Mike McGinn, Bookda Gheisar, Executive Director of Global Washington, and Seattle’s first Ambassador Jozlyn Pelk.

"We are a very welcoming city, we have people from all over the world. We are also very outward looking, we are very idealistic about what we can do to end poverty and it is reflected in all the work that people do here. The [Seattle] Ambassador program is a great way to let people know about the work we do and get more people engaged," said Mayor McGinn.

“Seattle is such a diverse, caring, and inspirational community. I was touched when I found out that Seattle Ambassador, and partners like Global Washington and other organizations reach out and support local nonprofits working in other countries and communities,” said Jozlyn. “ I hope my journey and experience can inspire others in the Seattle to team up with these organizations to help fight global poverty.”

Jozlyn will work with the SIF over the summer to identify a high-impact, Seattle-based organization to visit overseas based on her issue and regional interest areas. She will also participate in cultural sensitivity and citizen journalism training prior to her departure in the fall, in preparation to document her experience and return to Seattle to share with the community. Click here to read Jozlyn's ambassador profile and Q&A.

The Seattle Ambassador program is an ongoing initiative launched on April 15, 2013. The program works to raise awareness about international causes and Seattle’s global development sector, and highlight the city’s role as a world leader in international development efforts. The Seattle area is home to more than 300 organizations working to improve lives in all 144 developing countries.

The next winner will be announced in Fall 2013. Washington state residents can sign up at .


Seattle Ambassador is a partnership between the Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the City of Seattle’s Office of the Mayor to inspire and mobilize local residents to join in the fight against global poverty.

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