The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations Global Envoy Award recognizes an individual member of the organization who is pursuing PCFR's mission in an extraordinary way.
These honorees embody the spirit of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. They are nominated and selected from the distinguished membership of the organization by the Directors and Executive Committee. Each will have demonstrated the ability to lead in creating meaningful connections across the globe. These honored members are leaders, thinkers and diplomats–but above all, they are intrepid explorers, forging new paths and bridges between cultures, countries, and communities.
Submit a nomination for the 2023 Global Envoy Award by September 14, 2023:
Rusty Bowers is a former Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he represented the 25th legislative district from 2015 to 2023.
2022 Honoree, Speaker Rusty Bowers
From his position of leadership, Speaker Rusty Bowers has been instrumental in elevating Arizona’s global prominence. In countless meetings with foreign diplomats and business leaders across the globe, Speaker Bowers has represented the best that Arizona has to offer to the world. Through his tireless leadership, he has helped strengthen and expand Arizona’s international economic ties and create greater cultural exchange. In all these efforts, Speaker Bowers has embodied the spirit of the PCFR Global Envoy Award.
“The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations is honored to recognize Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, Speaker Rusty Bowers with the 2022 Global Envoy Award. Speaker Bowers embodies the spirit of PCFR as we seek to raise the level of international awareness in Arizona in both public and private sectors. His steadfast commitment to building enduring international connections, promoting Arizona’s interests abroad and welcoming visiting foreign dignitaries to exchange ideas on critical foreign policy issues are a testament to his devotion to the pursuit of PCFR's mission. Thank you, Mr. Speaker for your advocacy on behalf of international engagement, Arizona and PCFR.”
- Claire Sechler Merkel, PCFR President
Barbara M. Barrett, was the 25th Secretary of the Air Force, led the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the US Air Force and US Space Force.
2021 Honoree, Secretary Barbara BarrettSecretary Barbara Barrett embodies the PCFR Global Envoy Award spirit. Here’s how Secretary Barrett reflected on her experience as a PCFR member in a student fellow interview while serving as Secretary of the Air Force:
“I believe that PCFR is one of those great community institutions that makes us stronger. There was a time when Phoenix wasn’t that international...but PCFR was always the place where leaders of the community from diverse backgrounds, from government and business and from academia, all people with an international interest could come together and meet in a critical setting where we talk about policy issues; we build enduring relationships. That was an enrichment to me. I don't think I would be in this job if it weren’t for the global opportunities I got because of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the people I got to meet through the PCFR.
I think it’s an enrichment to our community and like so much in life, I think PCFR is what you make of it. The opportunity is there to make new friends, build new relationships and to learn about a lot more of our community because of PCFR. When we have speakers come to Phoenix to speak to the committee, we have the opportunity to hear from great leaders and learn what they’re working on and what their expertise is. But I look at it another way too. It’s an opportunity for us to show off our community, we bring people in and we get to show them not just the great place we have to live, but we also show them some of the leaders in our community. We show them the academic leaders, the business leaders and some of the academic leaders as well. So we are hearing from and learning from our PCFR speakers and visitors. We are also showing off some of the best of Phoenix because that’s who attends PCFR gatherings.”