The Young Diplomats Club of San Francisco (YDC) launched April 15, 2009. It is a private not-for-profit organization, whose launch was endorsed by the former Dean of the San Francisco Consular Corps, The Honorable Marc LePage of Canada. The intent of the YDC is to serve as a networking social group whose purpose is to pursue international cooperation, trade opportunities, cultural exchange, and to promote the art of diplomacy. Participation is open only to the San Francisco Consular Corps and foreign mission consular officers, staff and spouses or partners.
The YDC was cofounded by Sherri Ferris, President and CEO of Protocol Professionals, Inc. and former Russian Vice Consul, The Honorable Alexey Dobrynskiy. It is supported by many Bay Area companies and sponsors. YDC team members include: Joyce Millet, Evren Sarac Essner, Ruth Levy, Donna Turnauer, Marjorie Fulbright, and Saliou Diaw.