City Diplomacy

By Nehemiah Rolle |

As the populations in urban centers rise, so too does their influence on the world stage. Cities across the globe are recognizing their power and potential as nodes in global networks of social, economic, and cultural influence, looking to each other to collaborate and learn. Bypassing national government as traditional facilitators of such interactions, city diplomacy has the capacity to strengthen bonds between localities that can result in economic benefits for both.  It rests on the idea and reality that cities are innovation ecosystems. From Boston to Houston to Portland, cities have the material resources, human capital, and the vibrant institutions to use both to generate economic growth. Recognizing their rising importance, coordinated efforts such as C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the Compact of Mayors are at the fore of harnessing the power of cities to advance international cooperation.

Nehemiah J. Rolle is the National Director of the Roosevelt network. An alumnus of Roosevelt’s Network, Nehemiah served as chapter head of Roosevelt @ Wake Forest University from 2013-2015 and in other leadership position in the chapter. While at Wake Forest, Nehemiah elevated the role of equity, diversity, and inclusion in Roosevelt @ Wake Forest University, culminating in new recruitment and retention best practices, leadership development strategies, and an increased focus on institutional advocacy and campus organizing. He also served as Southern Regional Coordinator in 2013 and Senior Fellow for Defense and Diplomacy in 2014 for the network. Before joining the Network team, Nehemiah worked at Wake Forest University and New York University, coordinating various university wide initiatives in institutional equity, social justice, and civic engagement. At Roosevelt, Nehemiah works on deepening and expanding the role of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Network and communications. Nehemiah graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 with a degree in Politics and International Affairs, and honors in History.