Donna Briggs, director of development for Britt Festivals, received the National Council for International Visitors' Citizen Diplomat Pillar Award Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C. Briggs was recognized for her leadership in advancing citizen diplomacy, the concept that individual citizens have the right to help shape U.S. foreign relations "one handshake at a time."

Donna Briggs, director of development for Britt Festivals, received the National Council for International Visitors' Citizen Diplomat Pillar Award Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C. Briggs was recognized for her leadership in advancing citizen diplomacy, the concept that individual citizens have the right to help shape U.S. foreign relations "one handshake at a time."

The Pillar Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significant leadership and support to the NCIV network at the local and national level. It was presented at NCIV's 50th Anniversary Gala, an event attended by more than 750 guests, including NCIV members from across the U.S., members of Congress, representatives from the U.S. Department of State and citizen diplomats from around the globe.

Before moving to Medford, Briggs served as president of Sister Cities International of Tulsa, Okla., and the International Council of Tulsa, which merged in 1995 to form the Tulsa Global Alliance. Briggs was instrumental in this merger and became the first executive director of TGA, where she served for a decade. In 1993, she started the award-winning Kids' World, an international children's festival.

Briggs chaired the NCIV National Meeting in Tulsa and the NCIV Millennium conference held in Washington, D.C. After leaving Tulsa, Briggs founded the Wyoming Council for International Visitors and served as its executive director. She served on the NCIV board for six years and is a member of the 50th Anniversary National Meeting Planning Committee.

More information is available at www.nciv.org.