GMF selects 44 American Marshall Memorial Fellows for 2011
November 30, 2010
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announces today that 44 emerging American leaders representing 16 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) for 2011. During the 24-day traveling program, fellows will develop extensive knowledge of political, economic, and social institutions and issues facing the United States and Europe.
“This was a year of growth for the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship program,” said GMF President Craig Kennedy. “We initiated new selections in Detroit and Houston and know that inclusion of emerging leaders from these regions will benefit the program. There is a broader professional diversity within the new class of Fellows, with the government and business sectors strongly represented in addition to expansion in the arts, education, and the U.S. military.”
The MMF program educates emerging American and European leaders on the importance of the transatlantic relationship and encourages them to collaborate on a range of international and domestic policy challenges. Fellows are selected through competitive nationwide and regional processes and come from politics, government, media, business, and the non-profit sector. American fellows spend 24 days traveling to five cities across Europe, learning about the institutions and people that drive Europe’s cities, regions, countries, and multilateral systems through meetings with local counterparts.
The program began in 1982, when the inaugural group of German Fellows visited the United States. Now entering its 29th year, the program currently includes fellows from 37 European countries and the United States. GMF and its partner institutions have been instrumental in developing and maintaining a vital network on both sides of the Atlantic committed to transatlantic relations.
GMF works with partner organizations across the United States to identify and select the American Marshall Memorial Fellows. Partner organizations assisting in the 2010 selection process include the Kresge Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Southern California Leadership Network, Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Citizens League of Minnesota, World Affairs Council of Houston, Leadership Greater Chicago, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, International Affairs Council of North Carolina, Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, and Civic League for Regional Atlanta. National partners include the Council of State Governments, American Council of Young Political Leaders, and National League of Cities.
Also in 2011, MMF alumni in Chicago will lead the coordination of the annual Marshall Forum on Transatlantic Affairs. This conference, to be held September 8-11, 2011, is an annual gathering of MMF alumni from the United States and Europe to discuss current events affecting the transatlantic relationship. Alumni of the MMF program are a vital component of the program’s success. In 2010 American alumni coordinated visits of their counterpart group of European fellows to 13 American cities, organized selection processes throughout the United States, and managed the 2010 Marshall Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) was created by the German Marshall Fund in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to America’s institutions, politics, and people. In 1999, GMF launched a companion program to expose future U.S. leaders to a changing and expanding Europe. The program attracts the best and brightest from all sectors, including politics, media, business, and nongovernmental organizations. Fellows come from across the United States and from 37 European countries (Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom). GMF works closely with partners in more than 50 cities on both sides of the Atlantic to make the MMF program possible.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.
GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.