Introducing the 2013 Class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows

NEW YORK – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce the 30th class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows.

Since its inception in 1984, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program has annually provided up to 20 young American leaders the opportunity to advance their careers through a 9-12 month experience immersed in the political, economic and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union.

The program is fully funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany, and endeavors to develop a new generation of Americans committed to strengthening transatlantic relations.

The 30th fellowship class consists of budding leaders from across the United States in the fields of international affairs, journalism, law, renewable energy, healthcare, defense and economic policy, among others. The group was selected in January from a diverse applicant pool consisting of close to 400 eligible candidates.

The 2013-2014 Bosch Fellows began intensive private language tutoring in their hometowns in February, and will spend the summer in group language classes in Berlin. They will participate in a series of three professional seminars across Europe beginning in September and two high-level work assignments at leading German institutions.

Each seminar lasts several weeks and is designed to expose the fellows to an array of German, European, and transatlantic issues, as well as enhance their personal leadership development. During the work assignments, fellows work directly in their field of expertise alongside key decisions makers from Germany's public and private sectors.

Since the inaugural group of Bosch Fellows began their transatlantic journey in the summer of 1984, more than 500 young Americans have taken part in this intensive intercultural experience.

Starting with the 31st group of fellows in 2014-2015, the program will have new eligibility requirements and a revised format. Information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

About Cultural Vistas
A non‐profit organization, Cultural Vistas has facilitated professional exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, and Americans seeking overseas experiential learning opportunities, since 1950. Cultural Vistas acts as the U.S. representative of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program and has administered the program since its inception in 1984. Learn more about the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program at culturalvistas.org/bosch.

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About Robert Bosch Stiftung
Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of founder Robert Bosch (1861-1942) and fulfills his legacy by taking on challenges of modern day society, developing forward-looking concepts, and putting them into practice.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of international relations, health, and education. The Robert Bosch Stiftung, the objectives of which are exclusively non-profit, holds 92% of the capital stock of Robert Bosch GmbH. Since 1964, the foundation has provided over one billion euros in funding.

The 30th class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows, their experience and focus in Germany.

Christopher Alessi   Christopher Alessi
New York, N.Y.

Education:
Columbia University; MS, Journalism (2010)
New York University; BA, International Relations (2008)

Experience:
Council on Foreign Relations, Online Editor/Writer
Institutional Investor magazine, Contributing Correspondent

Fellowship Focus:
Eurozone crisis/European integration

 
Carolyn Beeler   Carolyn Beeler
Philadelphia, Pa.

Education:
Northwestern University; BS, Journalism (2009)

Experience:
WHYY Public Radio, Health and Science Reporter
National Public Radio, Kroc Fellow

Fellowship Focus:
Health and environmental policy

 
Allision Gibbs   Allison Gibbs
Washington, D.C.

Education:
Georgetown University; MA, European Studies (expected 2013)
University of Colorado, Boulder; BA, International Affairs (2010)

Experience:
Department of Defense, Intern/Desk Officer
American Institute for Contemporary Germany Studies, Intern/Research Assistant

Fellowship Focus:
Defense Policy

 
BoschReichstag   Harrison Grafos
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Education:
University of Pittsburgh; PhD, Public Policy and Management (expected 2013)
New York University; MPA, Public Policy and Management (2005)
Whitman College; BA, Politics (2002)

Experience:
Office of the Provost, University of Pittsburgh, Research Assistant
Sciences Po/Center for European Studies, Visiting Researcher

Fellowship Focus:
Public policy

 
Sarah Hale   Sarah Hale
Washington, D.C.

Education:
University of Maryland; BA, Economics

Experience:
American Action Forum, Director of Healthcare Policy
U.S. Representative Sue Myrick, Chief of Staff

Fellowship Focus:
Government relations

 
Faith Hall   Faith Hall
Washington, D.C.

Education:
University of Pennsylvania; MA, City & Regional Planning (2009)
Carnegie Mellon University; BS, Anthropology & German (2002)

Experience:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Community Planner
Office of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Legislative Fellow

Fellowship Focus:
Land Use and Transportation Planning

 
Michael Holtje   Michael Holtje
Washington, D.C.

Education:
University of Nebraska; PhD, Psychology (2012)
The George Washington University; LLM (2012)
University of Nebraska; MA, Psychology (2009)
University of Nebraska College of Law; JD (2008)
Juniata College; BS, Psychology (2003)

Experience:
U.S. Department of State, Intelligence Operations Specialist
Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Senior Advisor for Foreign Partnerships

Fellowship Focus:
International security partnerships

 
Andrew Ireland   Andrew Ireland
Washington, D.C.

Education:
Johns Hopkins University; MA, Economics (2011)
Wake Forest University; BS, Business Administration (2007)

Experience:
U.S. Department of State, Foreign Affairs Specialist – Germany Desk
U.S. Department of State, Administrative Liaison Officer

Fellowship Focus:
Transatlantic relations

 
Elizabeth Johnson   Elizabeth Johnson
Washington, D.C.

Education:
Georgetown University; MA, European Studies (expected 2013)
University of California, Los Angeles; BA, Economics (2007)

Experience:
Bank of New York Mellon, Intern, Global Client Management for CEE
Office of U.S. Trade Representative, Intern, Desk for European Affairs

Fellowship Focus:
International trade and economic investment

 
Maria Mahler-Haug   Maria Mahler-Haug
Washington, D.C.

Education:
National Defense University; MA, Strategic Security Studies (expected 2013)
Brown University; BA, International Relations (2009)

Experience:
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Policy Aide for National Security Affairs
Representative Albio Sires, Legislative Assistant

Fellowship Focus:
International security and defense policy

 
Riley Ohlson   Riley Ohlson
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Education:
Carnegie Mellon University; MS, Public Policy (expected 2013)
University of New Hampshire; BA, English (2004)

Experience:
Massachusetts Nurses Association, Associate Director of Legislation and Government Affairs
Professional Employees Union, Negotiating Committee Member

Fellowship Focus:
Industrial policy

 
Fay Peng   Fay Peng
Washington, D.C.

Education:
Johns Hopkins University; PhD, Biomedical Engineering (2005)
California Institute of Technology; BS, Chemical Engineering (1998)

Experience:
The Pentagon, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Country Director for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Presidential Management Fellowship, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Fellowship Focus:
Security and foreign policy

 
Imran Sheikh   Imran Sheikh
Berkeley, Calif.

Education:
University of California, Berkeley; PhD, Energy and Resources (expected 2013)
University of California, Berkeley; MS, Energy and Resources (2010)
University of Wisconsin, Madison; BS, Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Studies (2003)

Experience:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Research Assistant
Johnson Controls, Post-Graduate Strategy and Marketing Intern

Fellowship Focus:
Energy efficiency

 
Jesse Singal   Jesse Singal
Princeton, N.J.

Education:
Princeton University; MPA, Public Affairs (expected 2013)
University of Michigan; BA, Philosophy (2006)

Experience:
Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Reporter/Contributing Writer
The Boston Globe, Opinion Writer and Online Editor

Fellowship Focus:
Welfare policy

 
Michael Stock   Michael Stock
Washington, D.C.

Education:
Georgetown University; MS, Foreign Service (expected 2013)
University of Kansas; BA, Political Science (2009)

Experience:
U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Europe and Eurasia, Intern
U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf, Political and Economic Affairs Intern

Fellowship Focus:
Transatlantic relations

 
Wendy Tao   Wendy Tao
Berkeley, CA

Education:
University of California, Berkeley; MCP, City and Regional Planning (2007)
University of California, Berkeley; MS, Transportation Engineering (2007)
University of Pennsylvania; BS, Economics (2001)

Experience:
Cambridge Systematics, Transportation Policy and Management Associate
ARUP, Transportation Planner/Engineer

Fellowship Focus:
Sustainable urban planning

 
Christina Tsafoulias   Christina Tsafoulias
Washington, D.C.

Education:
George Washington University; MA, International Affairs (expected 2013)
Brown University; BA, International Relations (2004)

Experience:
U.S. Representative Michael E. Capuano, Senior Legislative Assistant
U.S. Senator John F. Kerry, Staff Assistant

Fellowship Focus:
Foreign policy/international affairs

 
Amanda Vanepps   Amanda Van Epps
Austin, Texas

Education:
University of Texas, Austin; PhD, Civil Engineering (expected 2013)
University of Texas, Austin; MS, Environmental Engineering & Public Policy (2008)
Stanford University; BS, Chemical Engineering (2001)

Experience:
University of Texas at Austin, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Graduate Research Assistant
University of Texas at Austin, Instructor at Cockrell School of Engineering

Fellowship Focus:
Water resources management

 
Ebony Wiresinger   Ebony Wiresinger
New York, N.Y.

Education:
New York University; MPA, Healthcare Public Finance (expected 2013)
Barnard College; BA, Women’s Studies (2004)

Experience:
New York University Langone Medical Center, Research Assistant
EmblemHealth, Summer Associate

Fellowship Focus:
Healthcare policy