Staffing Updates From GMF’s Leadership Development Team
Access to cutting edge leadership development opportunities is increasingly vital to transatlantic leaders. As GMF’s leadership workshops, seminars, and various alumni programming have grown over the past two years, the Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives team is pleased to announce a set of staffing changes to meet this demand.
Lora Berg, who joined GMF in 2012 as a Senior Fellow on a two year appointment by the U.S. State Department, will continue with GMF for another year. Berg will lead the expanding Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (LDII), which includes the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN), Seminars such as the Washington Seminar on Diversity and Inclusion in U.S. Foreign Policy, and one day best practices workshops that advance thought leadership in the sector. With the support of program partners like IS Department of State, Meridiam and the Open Society Foundations, Berg will continue to develop LDII programs that serve emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds on both sides of the Atlantic.
Megan Doherty also joined GMF in 2012, for a two year post as a Program Officer as part of a post-doctoral fellowship with the American Council on Learned Societies Public Fellows program, and will now remain at GMF team permanently as a Transatlantic Fellow. In this role she will develop GMF’s analysis in the field of leadership development, work to enhance curriculum across all fellowships, and continue to manage key strategic initiatives and projects, including the Asmus Fellowship annual selection for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.
Filip Medic, who has managed programming for the Marshall Memorial Fellowship for three years as a Program Officer, has now been promoted to Senior Program Officer and will oversee all leadership seminars. In addition to managing execution of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program, Medic is GMF’s lead in developing the Transatlantic Leadership Seminar, alumni seminars, and other projects. Over the course of the coming year he will also manage a series of discussions and Seminars—all available to GMF alumni—as part of a public diplomacy partnership with NATO.
Rachel Tran has been promoted from Operations Assistant to Operations Coordinator. Tran supports the Transatlantic Leadership Department’s finance and department operations, and manages procurement for major programs such as MMF. In her new role, Tran will assume increased responsibility for centralizing and streamlining departmental finance and operations systems including program planning and marketing.
Melanie Whittaker, of GMF’s Berlin office, has been promoted from Program Associate to Program Officer. Whittaker will assume a central role in the Berlin office by expanding alumni relationships and managing fellowship programs. She will also manage the MMF Alumni Leadership Projects competition and subsequent project development, as well as work to enhance alumni engagement in across Europe in coordination with the Brussels-based team.