Siobhán Lyons, President and CEO
Siobhán is passionate about making Philadelphia a more global city and empowering immigrant communities to participate in civic life. Born in Dublin to an Irish Diplomat, Siobhán grew up traveling and living in Nairobi, Kenya, Washington, D.C., London, England, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She served as a diplomat herself in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs as a key member of the Irish EU Presidency team before moving to the U.S. before falling in love with Philadelphia and settling in South Philadelphia with her dog, Breac. Siobhan is the PA state representative to Sister Cities International, serves on the board of Second Generation and Global Philadelphia. A 2020 Core Class Fellow of Leadership Philadelphia, Siobhan is a member of the Sunday Breakfast Club and the Philadelphia Committee on Foreign Relations.
Prior to leading Citizen Diplomacy, Siobhan served as the Executive Director of the Irish Immigration Center, supporting immigrants and promoting citizenship since 2009. Her work was recognized with the 2010 Irish Echo newspaper “40 under 40” Award and 2012 induction into the Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame. Siobhán is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Arabic literature.
How is Siobhán pronounced? Like Yvonne, but beginning with Sh.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I love Philly and I want the world to know just how great it is. Go Eagles!
Andrea W. Silva, Vice President
A committed member of Philadelphia's arts and culture community, Andrea is excited to grow Philadelphia's connection to the world through arts, culture, education, and conversation. Andrea helps our donors make a big impact on international visitors and inspiring Philadelphia to be a more global city.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I believe international exchanges create unique, safe spaces for people to learn, grow and connect to each other.
Nangorlee Demenwu, Communications Manager
With her love for storytelling, Nangorlee is excited to tell your stories of what it means to be a Citizen Diplomat and help ensure you get the support you need to make a difference. She believes that learning about different cultures is a step towards a better world. Fun fact: Nangorlee spent a month in India learning about food, culture, and health care.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I see great value in sharing stories of our difference and similarities to promote diversity and peace.
Whitney DiTaranto, Virtual Public Programming and Marketing Manager
An advocate for global education and connection, Whitney is excited to bring the international exchange experience to life on a virtual platform. She believes that adopting a global mindset and learning about different cultures are the first steps toward a more compassionate world.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I am inspired by human connection and believe in the power of sharing global stories.
Anna Schneider, Senior Program Officer
Anna is delighted to connect leaders from around the world to their counterparts in Philadelphia and beyond. Having seen and experienced the powerful impact of exchanging ideas or breaking bread at the same table, Anna believes that people-to-people connections are a critical part of creating a more peaceful world. Prior to joining Citizen Diplomacy International, Anna spent several years working in international exchange in Portland, Oregon and with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I believe that connecting communities and building bridges across cultures will help individuals make our world a better place to thrive.
Kyle Henry, Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO
Kyle is committed to expanding his global awareness and enriching Philadelphia's global understanding through international exchange. He believes we can shorten barriers between different people by sharing and receiving various aspects of our cultures. Fun Fact: Kyle traveled as a People to People Student Ambassador to Japan where he learned about Japanese values and participated in Japanese traditions.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I believe that global awareness can help eliminate ethnocentrism and foster a great sense of unity within our community.
Corey Hoffman, Youth Program Manager
Corey is excited to provide young people in Philadelphia and abroad with an opportunity to make global connections, develop leadership skills, and build empathy towards their international peers. Through youth exchanges, he believes we can help the next generation develop the global perspective they’ll need to solve the problems we face worldwide.
I am a Citizen Diplomat because I believe in the power of grassroots international relations and the importance of building bridges at the school level, not just the state level.