Introducing the 2014 Class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows

NEW YORK – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce the 31st class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows.

Since its inception in 1984, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program has annually provided young American leaders the opportunity to advance their careers through a comprehensive professional development experience while 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.

This year marks the beginning of a revitalized program, offering additional flexibility. By including a broader range of professional fields, different program duration options, and updated eligibility requirements, the Bosch Fellowship aims to include more mid-career professionals from a wider variety of backgrounds in order to extend its reach and create even deeper ties within the transatlantic sphere.

The 31st fellowship class consists of 15 budding leaders from across the United States in the fields of healthcare, law, government, economic policy, environmental management, among others.

The 2014-2015 Bosch Fellows are in the midst of three months of intensive private language tutoring in their hometowns, and will spend the summer in group language classes in Germany. Depending on their elected program lenth, the fellows will participate in a series of two or three professional seminars across Europe beginning in September and complete one or 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 professional experience.

About Cultural Vistas
A nonprofit organization, Cultural Vistas annually serves more than 5,000 students, professionals, and emerging leaders through career-focused international internships, educational study tours, language immersion and cultural exchange programs in the United States and around the world.

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 31st class of Robert Bosch Foundation Fellows, their experience and focus in Germany.

Brian Bidolli   Brian Bidolli
New Haven, Conn.

Education:
California State University; MPA (2011)
San Diego State University; MA, City Planning (2008)
The City University of New York; BA, Urban Studies (2007)

Experience:
Greater Bridgeport Regional Council, Executive Director

Fellowship Focus:
City and regional planning

 
Katharine Burgess   Katharine Burgess
Washington, D.C.

Education:
London School of Economics; M.S., Regional and Urban Planning Studies (2010)
Willams College; B.A., History, Art History (2004)

Experience:
Turnberry Consulting, Senior Consultant
Landscape Architecture Foundation, Program Manager

Fellowship Focus:
Urban planning and community design

 
Erick Feijoo   Erick Feijóo
Washington, D.C.

Education:
Georgetown University; M.A., German and European Studies (2008)
SUNY Buffalo; B.A., International Studies (2005)

Experience:
Inter-American Development Bank, Consultant

Fellowship Focus:
Trade and investment

 
Aaron Fishbone   Aaron Fishbone
Seattle, Wash.

Education:
University of Washington; MPA (2009)
University of Vermont; BA, History (2002)

Experience:
City of Seattle, Office of the Mayor, Senior Communications & Policy Analyst

Fellowship Focus:
Regional government

 
Laura Gardner   Laura Gardner
Washington, D.C.

Education:
University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., International Law & Economics (2007)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; M.A., International Law and Economics (2007)
University of Chicago; B.A., International Studies (2002)

Experience:
United States Department of Commerce, Attorney-Advisor

Fellowship Focus:
International investment policy

 
Adam Gerstmeier   Adam Gerstmeier
Brookfield, Wis.

Education:
Marquette University; B.S., Business Administration

Experience:
AFW Foundry, Part Owner and Chief Financial Officer

Fellowship Focus:
New product development and management

 
Megan Greene   Megan Greene
Newton, Mass.

Education:
Oxford University; MA, European Politics (2006)
Princeton University; BA, Political Economy (2001)

Experience:
Maverick Intelligence, Chief Economist
Roubini Global Economics, Director of European Economics

Fellowship Focus:
Economic policy

 
Laura Brower Hagood   Laura Brower Hagood
Washington, D.C.

Education:
American University; MA, Art History & Arts Management (2004)
Bryn Mawr College; BA, English (1994)

Experience:
National Building Museum, Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Association Relations
FINCA International, Senior Manager, Individual Giving

Fellowship Focus:
Museum revenue diversification strategies

 
Josh Higgins   John Higgins
Baltimore, Md.

Education:
University of Pennsylvania; MA, Government Administration (2010)
University of Virginia; BA, Foreign Affairs (2003)

Experience:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Management Analyst

Fellowship Focus:
Sustainable financing of housing

 
Annie Mark   Annie Mark
New York, N.Y.

Education:
Kenyon College; B.A., English (2005)

Experience:
Wildlife Conservation Society, Assistant Director

Fellowship Focus:
Development and international cooperation

 
Cameron McCosh   Cameron McCosh
Washington, D.C.

Education:
American University; MA, Public Policy (2008)
American University; BA, Justice (2007)

Experience:
American Action Forum, Chief Operating Officer

Fellowship Focus:
Fiscal policy development

 
Katherine Polin   Katherine Polin
New York, N.Y.

Education:
Columbia University; MA, Public Health (2013)
Yale University; BA, Humanities (2004)

Experience:
Physicians for Reproductive Health, Global Doctors for Choice Associate
Global Doctors for Choice, Graduate Consultant

Fellowship Focus:
Women's access to healthcare

 
Timothy Stumhofer   Timothy Stumhofer
San Francisco, Calif.

Education:
London School of Economics; M.S., Environmental Policy and Regulation (2007)
Willamette University; B.A., Politics (2005)

Experience:
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, Senior Program Associate

Fellowship Focus:
International climate cooperation

 
Clare Waldmann   Clare Waldmann
Oakland, Calif.

Education:
University of California, Berkeley; MA, Landscape Architecture in Environmental Planning (2010)
Middlebury College; BA, Environmental Studies & Geography (2005)

Experience:
California Ocean Protection Council, Project Manager

Fellowship Focus:
Marine and coastal management

 
Allison Wildman   Allison Wildman
Portland, Ore.

Education:
Portland State University; MA, Urban and Regional Planning (2003)
Portland State University; BS, Sociology (2001)

Experience:
SERA Architects, Associate

Fellowship Focus:
Transportation policy and planning