Submitted by U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby is joining state leaders from across the country in Washington D.C. on June 13 and 14 to urge Washington State lawmakers on Capitol Hill to fully fund the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development in the wake of the Administration’s proposal to slash funding by 32 percent.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is convening its 2017 State Leaders Summit with more than 500 business, military, government, non-profit, and faith leaders from across the country at a time of growing global challenges from ISIS and Ebola to the refugee and famine crises.

Why this matters: Washington is home to some of the largest global brands and organizations with rapidly growing international operations in emerging markets. Last year, Washington exported $79.6 billion in goods overseas, and trade supported more than 945,000 local jobs, making America’s global leadership a key issue for the state.

WHO: Cheryl Selby is the Mayor of Olympia, Washington. She is also a small business owner and has previously held roles in city government.           

Mayor Selby will be available for interviews to discuss her meetings on Capitol Hill with the Washington Congressional delegation and on why she made the trip to DC to support American development and diplomacy efforts overseas.

AVAILABILITY: Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14

For additional information and a full list of speakers, visit:

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

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