GMF’s Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives and Congressional Affairs teams partnered with GMF stakeholders in Cleveland and Philadelphia for a two part conversation adjacent to the U.S. national political conventions. Through this effort, GMF was able to elevate the importance of the transatlantic relationship at a significant time in the United States’ domestic election cycle. On July 19, GMF joined Global Cleveland led by Joe Cimperman (MMF 2000) in elegant Severance Hall to host in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State over 70 ambassadors, many GMF alumni and Cleveland luminaries. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, offered compelling remarks in favor of the United States’ global engagement and leadership. Reta Jo Lewis, GMF Director of Congressional Affairs, noted the need to engage new generations in the transatlantic relationship, highlighting GMF’s enduring commitment to Cleveland. On July 25 at the residence of CEO Richard Phillips in Philadelphia, the Honorable Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Andy Rabens, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues at the U.S. Department of State, joined the conversation with event partners Latino Victory Foundation represented by National Committee member Helga Flores-Torres (MMF 2000)
, and Decade Citizen. Diverse GMF stakeholders in the audience demonstrated our growing reach across regions and generations. Joining other nonpartisan actors hosting events in both convention cities, GMF leveraged these high profile occasions to strengthen still further our transatlantic bond.