Meet our Citizen Diplomacy Director


Johnelle Causwell, Citizen Diplomacy Director at International House, works on the local level to administer the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) along with other international professional and youth exchange programs. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, she graduated from Warren Wilson College with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science. She was instrumental in the conception and launch of the Young Professionals at International House and has overseen the growth of this organization to one of Charlotte’s leading Young Professional groups. She currently serves as Staff Liaison. Under Johnelle's leadership, the Citizen Diplomacy Department has been recognized by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the 2020 Community Leadership Award for North Carolina. She is very committed to community service in Charlotte and has received recognition for her work from the Carolinas Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Mecklenburg County Chapter of the NAACP. She has received numerous awards for her work and service in the community including:

  • The Mecklenburg Times Fifty Most Influential Women of 2020

  • Charlotte International Rotary Club's 2019 Under 40 Global Service Award

  • 2018 Business Professional of the Year Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs-Charlotte Chapter

  • Charlotte Business Journal 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Professionals

  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional Newcomer of the Year Award 2013

She is the immediate past Chairwoman of the Charlotte International Cabinet, still serving with a portfolio in International Business. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Sister Cities Organization and is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Charlotte International Women's Day Planning Committee. Johnelle has previously served on the Multicultural Advisory Board at Johnson C. Smith University, on the Alumni Board of her Alma Mater, Warren Wilson College, and on the Executive Board of the 4th District of the American Advertising Federation.

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