Islands Society Appoints Isle of Palms Resident as Community Engagement Manager of Sea Islands Society – 12/07/15

James Carroll to lead new effort by South Carolina nonprofit to engage more islanders from Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and overseas engagement

Today, The Islands Society announces the appointment of James Carroll as Community Engagement Manager of the Sea Islands Society. Carroll will now lead the nonprofit’s efforts to increase the participation of the residents of the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina in foreign affairs and cultural relations.

“As a life-long resident of Isle of Palms, I’m very excited to be joining Islands Society,” says Carroll. “Having grown up here, I firmly believe that the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina have an important role to play in international relations.”

“We are extremely excited to have Carroll joining team,” says Cheryl Walsh, Managing Director of the Sea Islands Society. “It is clear that he is passionate about improving the quality of life in our local island communities through overseas engagements.”

Over the next few months, Carroll will be responsible for helping the organization better understand the needs of islanders across the region and then sharing that information with others through blogs, forums, social media and other media channels. Carroll will also develop and implement content, marketing, and community engagement strategies in his new role.

“I look forward to engaging with academics, community leaders, nonprofit leaders, business leaders, and foreign dignitaries to gain a better understanding what role the Sea Islands should play in international affairs,” says Carroll. “Historically, this region played a major role in international trade. And, you can see that woven into the fabric of our island communities. We simply need to identify what is now preventing local islanders from playing a larger role in international affairs. Then, we can position ourselves to be more influential globally.”

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to respect, inspire, and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. The Islands Society is based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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Sea Islands Society

The Sea Islands Society is one of our regional societies. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from barrier island communities along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.

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About James Carroll

James Carroll is the Community Engagement Manager of the Sea Islands Society. He is also a life-long resident of the barrier islands off Charleston, South Carolina. Previously, Carroll served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. There, he was a municipal coordinator at the Healthy Schools Project. This required living in an indigenous community in the Western Highlands, where he worked to improve rural community health through education, community development, and empowering local leaders. Carroll received his a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from the College of Charleston.

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