Who We Are
Global Ties Alabama has been in existence in Huntsville since 1965 as International Services Council of Alabama, helping international military trainees at Redstone Arsenal feel at home, coordinating multi-cultural events in the Huntsville area, providing information about immigration and naturalization services to area residents, and hosting international visitors traveling to Alabama under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)
Over the past four decades, Global Ties Alabama has benefited from funding from the City of Huntsville, the Madison County Commission, the U.S. Department of State- Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Jane K. Lowe Foundation, local corporations and private donors.
Global Ties Alabama’s mission – to promote international relationships through citizen diplomacy and enrich Alabama’s education, commerce and global awareness — is supported by its core values of respect, friendships, collaboration, lifelong learning, multicultural diversity and globalization.
Global Ties Alabama’s governing body is an elected, volunteer board of directors that consists of individuals who are committed to the mission of the organization. We strive to implement standards of excellence as an organizational tool to implement accountability in its management and governance practices.
What We Do –
For over 50 years, Global Ties Alabama has been making connections possible. Global Ties tailors travel and program itineraries to meet the cultural and professional needs of international visitors, governments, companies, and more. As a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State, we sustain a network that coordinates international exchange programs and brings current and future leaders from around the world to communities throughout Alabama.
Creating opportunities for business, nonprofit, government, and academic leaders from around the world to share ideas, learn from each other, and build trust is vital to creating strong, lasting relationships between them—and the programs the Global Ties network conduct and support do just that.
Global Ties Alabama
(formerly International Services Council)
Our Board Members
Verna Gates, Chair
John Davis, Vice Chair Development and Public Relations
Melanie Pepper, Vice Chair for Governance and Nominations
Elena Olariu – Leitner, Secretary
Rob Warren, Treasurer
Dr. Anthony D’Costa
Honorable Mark Jackson
Dr. Drew Reynolds
Bill Love, Esq.
Anceto Llanga Bagley,
Dr. David Billings
Deitra Crawley Bryant, Esq
Taylor P. Brooks,
Rev. Frank Broyles,
Anne W. Burkett,
Wanda Gail Campbell,
France Gates- Moore
Judy S. Ryals,
Jacquelyn Shipe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Ties Alabama
Honorable Tommy Battle, Mayor, City of Huntsville
Honorable Dale Strong, Chairman, Madison County Commission
Annette Philpo’t, Program Consultant, Global Ties Alabama
Suzanne Roten, Operations Associate, Global Ties Alabama