Dr. Karen Donfried, President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Charlotte Matthysen, Program Coordinator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
To launch our Brussels Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) fall series, the President of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Dr. Karen Donfried, will join us for an informal roundtable discussion about the state of the transatlantic relations. We will discuss the major upcoming issues that will be on the minds of European and U.S. policymakers for the next few months and the potential challenges ahead.
Before assuming this role in April 2014, Donfried was in the Obama administration as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. In that capacity, she was the president’s principal advisor on Europe and led the interagency process to develop and implement the president’s European policies. Prior to the White House, Donfried served as the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, the intelligence community’s center for strategic thinking. As NIO, she directed and drafted strategic analysis to advance senior policymakers’ understanding of Europe.
Donfried first joined GMF in 2001 after serving as a European specialist for ten years at the Congressional Research Service. From 2003 to 2005, she was responsible for the Europe portfolio on the U.S. Department of State's Policy Planning Staff. Her second term of service at GMF was from 2005 to 2010, as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president.
She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States, and a member of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Advisory Board.
Join us for an engaging discussion on the key challenges and opportunities facing the transatlantic partners.