Goodwill Ambassadors

2013 GWAs, outfitted by British shirt authority Thomas Pink.

Each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival selects a group of young adults to be part of one of its most highly regarded and signature programs: the Goodwill Ambassador Program. The final group is comprised of talented, energetic individuals who have a true passion for international relations, community involvement, and the Festival. The Goodwill Ambassadors program is proudly supported by Thomas Pink and Lilly Pulitzer.

Goodwill Ambassador at Family DaysGoodwill Ambassadors in past years have had the opportunity to meet the Ambassador of Japan and leaders in the DC community. They’ve been involved in the Festival’s Neighborhood Tree Planting and Youth Ambassador programs, coordinated hands-on activities for children, and have served as an indispensable resource for visitors to the Festival.

College students and recent graduates interested in learning more about the Goodwill Ambassador Program are encouraged to review the application and contact Elissa Staley with any questions.


Additional Program Information (click to view flier)

2014 Goodwill Ambassador Application (download PDF)

Applicants should submit the 2014 Application Form (download PDF) in addition to the materials requested in the application packet.

Application Tips (download PDF)


PAST EVENT – Origami Hour on Thursday, September 13, 2012
Prospective applicants for the 2013 program were invited to attend an Origami Hour hosted by the Festival’s Goodwill Ambassador Alumni Network. Attendees folded paper cranes, networked with former Goodwill Ambassadors, and received application tips from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at The Loft at Busboys & Poets (5th and K Street location). All cranes made at the event were sent to the Hiroshima Children’s Memorial in Japan.


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