Recognizing Ian Moncasterby Representative Adam Smith
Posted on 2013-02-05
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Mr. Ian
Moncaster, the former President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of
Seattle, Washington, for his leadership and achievements over the past
Mr. Moncaster has tirelessly devoted himself to enhancing the Seattle World Affairs Council's existing programs and deepening international conversations, helping Americans engage with and understand the world beyond our borders. Under Mr. Moncaster's leadership, over 1,000 public events were generated, including appearances by international notables ranging from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.
With Mr. Moncaster at the helm, the Global Classroom programs, with their focus on K-12 education, reached more than 23,000 teachers and students in the region. Additionally, the International Visitor Program, supported by the State Department, expanded from 500 to more than 1,000 international visitors per year, contributing an estimated $2 million dollars in economic impact to the community. More importantly, these programs have helped to break down stereotypes, prejudices and promoted greater understanding while building memorable, lasting relationships across the world.
Last but not least, under Mr. Moncaster's guidance, two new initiatives, the World Affairs Fellows Program and the Young Professionals International Network, have matured to identify and cultivate ideas, talent, and leadership potential.
Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I honor Mr. Ian Moncaster. His eleven year tenure as the CEO of the World Affairs Council of Seattle has inspired and invigorated thousands of citizens in Washington State and around the world to realize a more secure and peaceful world through dialogue and mutual understanding. I wish Mr. Moncaster the very best on his future endeavors.