Barbara Metz Elected President
of The Citizen Diplomacy Council
of San Diego
SAN DIEGO – Barbara Metz has been elected president of the Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego (CDCSD) for the 2009-10 term. The nonprofit organization, which works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies, brings high-ranking foreign dignitaries to San Diego for person-to-person, professional, cultural, and educational exchanges. In the past year, CDCSD has arranged local visits for more than 500 guests.
Metz, a Southern California native, is the principal of Metz Public Relations of San Diego, a 20-year-old consulting firm, and active in professional and civic organizations. She is immediate past president of the 350-member San Diego Press Club, and former chair of the organization’s prestigious Headliners Awards and Journalism Awards. She earned a Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League for her work with the Fern Street Circus and she was honored as a woman of distinction by the Starlight Society.
Metz has been a member of the Citizen Diplomacy Council for 20 years and has entertained more than 100 dignitaries in her home.
The Citizen Diplomacy Council of San Diego is one of 91 councils located throughout the country. Citizen diplomacy is the idea that the individual citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape United States foreign relations "one handshake at a time."
By opening their homes, offices and schools to foreign leaders participating in the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchanges, member citizen diplomats foster international understanding and cooperation, constructive economic connections and peaceful interaction.
More than 65 current and former heads of state are alumni of the State Department’s International Visitor Program including Tony Blair of Britain and Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. Membership is open to the public. For information, visit www.cdcsd.org.