Definition In-Fact

goodwill ambassador

IPA(key): /ɡʊdˈwɪl//æmˈbæs.əˌdɔɹ/

A compound term that is used to distinguish, define and describe a person who advocates for a cause or offers benevolence on the part of their representation. A formal post-nominal honorific title and recognized official position bestowed by a head-of-state or the secretariat of an international organization.

goodwill (usually uncountable, plural goodwills)

  1. A favorably disposed attitude toward someone or something.

  2. (accounting) The value of a business entity not directly attributable to its tangible assets and liabilities. This value derives from factors such as consumer loyalty to the brand.

  3. (business) A concept used to refer to the ability of an individual or business to exert influence within a community, club, market or another type of group, without having to resort to the use of an asset (such as money or property), either directly or by the creation of a lien.

ambassador (plural ambassadors)

  1. A minister of the highest rank sent to a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country. (Sometimes called ambassador-in-residence)

  2. An official messenger and representative.

  3. A corporate representative, often the public face of the company.

In 2018 the US State Department established the following definition to answer the question:

"What is a goodwill ambassador?"

"Goodwill ambassadors are prominent Americans who represented the United States overseas through State Department programs. Today, these individuals are more commonly referred to as Cultural Ambassadors, Sports Envoys, or Arts Envoys. In these State Department Exchange Programs, Americans can create long-lasting ties between the United States and other countries. Through demonstrations, clinics, and casual interaction, they forge people-to-people ties to build mutual understanding of ideals and culture."