Carlton McLellan, Ph.D., is President & CEO of MYinternational, Inc., a non-profit global relations consulting firm that he founded and has dedicated to promoting international engagements that develop capacity and increase mutual understanding and cooperation among peoples and institutions of the world. Dr. McLellan has served as a senior level staff member, consultant, and advisor for numerous non-profit/non-governmental organizaitons involved in promoting international engagements through exchange and research. Most recently, he has co-founded Global Ties South Africa, a nonprofit diplomacy and international affairs organization that promotes the interest and involvement of every citizen in their nations’ (South Africa) international relations, through initiatives that encourage people-to-people exchange across borders and cultures. He has also recently served as a Senior Advisor and proposal writer for international organizations based in his home state - Ohio; as well as multiple organizations in the Nation's Capital - Washington, DC. This includes serving as a Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST), which advances the study of American diplomacy; and, as Senior Advisor and Managing Director at Global Ties U.S., a nonprofit membership organization that seeks to make international exchange programs for effective. Additionally, Dr. McLellan has been a contributing writer to the website, Blackpast.org which is a 13,000 page reference center dedicated to providing information to the general public on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. Particularly, he has been instrumental in Blackpast.org's launch of a permanent section on African American Ambassadors as part of his ongoing efforts to research and write about this important group of African American leaders in U.S. diplomatic and foreign affairs history.
MYinternational accomplishes its goals through research, consulting, and program development activities that seek to create lasting partnerships between people and organizations globally around common themes and interests. As an international project director, consultant, and researcher Dr. McLellan has more than 22 years of experience developing, managing, and evaluating international education, knowledge and people exchange, development, training, and capacity-building activities in the U.S.A. and abroad. He has managed programs and projects for universities as well as for non-profit education and development organizations contracted with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development among others. His international experience includes four years living, studying, and working in South Africa. During that period, he also spent time working as a development consultant in other African countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia. He also has similar experiences in several Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela. It was Dr. McLellan's first study abroad experience in Venezuela in 1997 that ignited his passion for international affairs and education and gave him a chronic case of the “travel bug”. His personal passion is to instill in as many people as possible, the value and benefits of international relations and international travel, hoping that more and more people are also bitten by the “travel bug”. As a lifelong sports enthusiast, he is also interested in the use of sport as a medium to international engagement, cooperation, and mutual understanding.
Originally from Lima, Ohio, Dr. McLellan has called Washington, DC, home for nearly 17 years, although he spends sigificant time between Ohio, Washington, DC, and South Africa. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in international studies from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; a Master’s of Education degree (M.Ed) in administrative and policy studies in international and development education from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in policy studies in international education from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. McLellan is a published author having numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, books, and other print media outlets. Carlton enjoys reading autobiographies and biographies; traveling abroad; and writing. He is currently working on a research project which he hopes will lead to a book (and other educational materials) profiling the lives and leadership of Black Americans who have served the United States as Ambassadors. He calls the project the American Ambassadors Project.