Judith Garcia, a member of the City Council of Chelsea, MA, will be participating in a political exchange program to Russia from September 8-18, as a delegate on an exchange organized by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
Garcia is joined by six other emerging political and policy leaders between the ages of 25-40 from across the United States to explore governance, politics, and policy making in Russia. The exchange is being arranged by ACYPL in partnership with the Youth Public Chamber, an NGO based in Moscow, and is made possible by a grant from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“ACYPL exchanges give international leaders a widened global perspective. Throughout their program, delegates will meet with high-level government officials, political party representatives, business and community leaders, and ACYPL alumni,” said ACYPL CEO Libby Rosenbaum. “They will explore a whole range of local issues, and gain a unique perspective on the history, politics, and culture of Russia. Most importantly, they will forge professional relationships and friendships that can last a lifetime.”
The other American delegates participating in this exchange include: Kristin Akervall (member of the City Council of Wilsonville, OR), Seth Dearmin (Chief of Staff of the North Carolina Department of Justice), Jason Emert (Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation), MacKay Jimeson (Senior Director of Corporate Affairs of Pfizer), and Tara Nethercott (member of the Wyoming State Senate). The group is led by ACYPL alumna Lauren McLean (China 2015), President of the City Council of Boise, ID.