Kevin Cottrell is director of Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), where he leads a team of experts in public diplomacy-oriented activities across the United States and Europe. Activities include the flagship Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF), Manfred Wörner Seminar (MWS), and Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN). Since joining GMF in 2012, Cottrell has led an historic expansion of enrichment programs for GMF’s 3,000 alumni through place-based seminars, travel/study immersions, distance learning, and the creation of GMF’s Alumni Leadership Action Projects Fund. Cottrell is also a sought-after advisor on international leadership and public diplomacy strategies.
Between 2016 and 2019, Cottrell will oversee alumni programming, network-building, and action projects that will focus on three key transatlantic leadership themes: global engagement strategies, the future of democracy, and diversity and inclusion. In 2017, Cottrell will lead GMF’s new Triennial Transatlantic Leadership Retreat in St. Vincent, Italy.
Prior to GMF Cottrell served as vice president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for business/civic leadership programs. Cottrell is a past Marshall Memorial Fellow, U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith Fellow, and PROFMEX Fellow at Universidad de las Américas, Mexico City. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and divides his time between California and Washington, D.C.