The Board of Directors of Young Americans for Diplomatic Leadership (YADL) has selected former general manager Carlos Reyes as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Reyes’ appointment is effective immediately.
Over the next few weeks and months, Reyes plans to implement his vision for YADL by restructuring the organization and focusing on improving its existing programs and services while expanding through targeted, strategic growth opportunities. As president and CEO, Reyes will represent American interests on the G8 & G20 Youth Network and continue to explore partnerships worldwide that advance the mission of YADL.
Reyes’ experience in citizen diplomacy is vast. Reyes has represented the city of Phoenix, Arizona, on exchanges and delegation visits around the world. Since 2008, Reyes has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International (SCI), a not-for-profit organization representing a global grassroots network of 600 cities and 2,000 subnational partnerships. In this capacity, Reyes has led SCI’s youth and young professional engagement efforts and represented the organization across the world. Reyes was recently elected to the Executive Committee by his peers—the youngest person in SCI’s history in this role.
Prior to joining YADL, Reyes worked as an associate at Impacto Group, a strategic communications and consulting firm focusing on the emerging market and political power of the Hispanic community in the United States. An alumnus of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Reyes was a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal’s “Hire Education” blog from 2010 to 2011. Additionally, Reyes served as the director of media relations for the “Do We Have a Deal Yet?” national coalition of 140 student body presidents from 44 states advocating for a bipartisan debt deal last year.
In the past year, Reyes worked as part of YADL’s executive team to establish the organization and organized the G8 & G20 Youth Summits. YADL successfully hosted the annual event in June 2012 at The George Washington University, bringing 200 young professionals from 28 countries and 144 universities to Washington, DC.
“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity and grateful to the Board of Directors for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Reyes said upon his selection. “I look forward to leading YADL and working with our partners.”