Natalie Aguirre

Natalie Aguirre

Academic Background: MPA, University of Southern California; BA in International Affairs, The George Washington University

Last Position: Director of Family Justice Center Alliance, Alliance of HOPE International; Director of Polyvictimization Initiative, Alliance of HOPE International

Transatlantic Interest: New approaches to assisitng vulnerable and underserved populations

Andrew Beeler

Andrew Beeler

Academic Background: JD, American University; BA in Government and German Studies, Centre College

Last Position: Legislative Attorney, Tennessee General Assembly; Legal Research Specialist, Bloomberg BNA

Transatlantic Interest: Comparing Commercial Law between the U.S. and Germany

Elizabeth Bieber

Elizabeth Bieber

Academic Background: MA in Urban Planning (Housing Design), University of California at Los Angeles; BA in Anthropology, Smith College

Last Position: Director of Special Projects, NYS Homes and Community Renewal; Housing Fellow, NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development and NYC Housing Development Corp.

Transatlantic Interest: Innovations in addressing the urban affordable housing crisis

Peter Bird

Peter Bird

Academic Background: Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver; BA in Linguistics, Brigham Young University

Last Position: Active Transportation Planner, Metro Nashville Planning Department; Planning and Policy Manager, BikeDenver

Transatlantic Interest: Designin and Planning Cities in an Increasingly Autonomous Future

Colin Brush

Colin Brush

Academic Background: Master of Music in Opera, University of Maryland; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance, Carnegie Mellon University

Last Position: Artistic Administrator, Washington National Opera, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Aptitude Consultant, Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation

Transatlantic Interest: Examining the effects of guaranteed access to the arts in society

Marc DaCosta

Marc DaCosta

Academic Background: PhD in Anthropology, University of California; BA in Philosophy, Colombia University

Last Position: Co-founder & Chairman of Enigma

Transatlantic Interest: Data Privacy and Ethical Uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Brittany Ford

Brittany Ford

Academic Background: MA in International Educational Development, Columbia University; BA in Political Science and History, Eastern Michigan University

Last Position:Co-Lead, Vibrant Ohio & Welcome Toledo-Lucas County; Policy and Program Analyst, Lucas County Department of Planning and Development

Transatlantic Interest: German State and Local Government Efforts to Improve Economic and Workforce Integration of Immigrants

Melissa Hanlon

Melissa Hanlon

Academic Background: MA in Security Policy Studies, The George Washington University; BA in International Politics, The Pennsylvania State University

Last Position: Deputy Director for North and West Europe, U.S. Department of Defense; Country Director for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, U.S. Department of Defense

Transatlantic Interest: Examining the Future of German Strategic Thinking in an Era of Change and Uncertainty

Lyle Leitelt

Lyle Leitelt

Academic Background: Master of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina; BA in Geography and Political Science, The George Washington University

Last Position: Community Planner Lead, Federal Railroad Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation; Transportation Planner, AECOM

Transatlantic Interest: Integrating New Technology into the German Transportation Infrastructure Process

Oksana Mironova

Oksana Mironova

Academic Background: Master of Urban Planning, Hunter College, City University of New York; BA in Liberal Arts, The New School

Last Position: Housing Policy Analyst, Community Service Society of New York; Development Writing Manager, Enterprise Community Partners

Transatlantic Interest: Cross-Sectoral Collaboration in Strengthening Renter Protections in the Urban Housing Market

Deeneaus Polk

Deeneaus Polk

Academic Background: MPP, Harvard University; BA in International Studies, German, University of Mississippi

Last Position: Founding Director, Mississippi Apprenticeship Program; Policy Analyst, Mississippi Economic Policy Center

Transatlantic Interest: Economic and Social Impacts of German Corporations' Foreign Direct Investment in the U.S. South

Wendy Serrano

Wendy Serrano

Academic Background: MBA in Organizational Strategy, George Fox University; BS in Communication Studies, Portland State University

Last Position: Senior Coordinator for Community Engagement, TriMet; Field Representative, Office of US Representative Earl Blumenauer

Transatlantic Interest: Analyzing Public Administration and Policy Developments in a Diverse Society

Kerensa Wood

Kerensa Wood

Academic Background: MS in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation, Columbia University; BA in Art History, Rutgers University

Last Position: Planning Team Leader, NYC Department of City Planning; Policy Fellow, New York City Council

Transatlantic Interest: Exploring Ideas to Redevelop Industrial Areas for More Intensive Job Growth