An innovator in the field of transatlantic and global diversity and inclusion, Lora Berg oversees the Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative of The German Marshall Fund’s Leadership Programs team. In this capacity, she develops partnerships on the international stage to strengthen diversity and inclusion, and designs leadership programs such as the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network (TILN), which builds the capacity of rising diverse young leaders from both sides of the Atlantic who hold or plan to run for public office.
Berg’s areas of leadership include strategies and best practices that create economic, political, and social inclusion for transatlantic communities across race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and other markers at a time of significant demographic shifts in the United States and Europe. She also examines impacts of the economic crisis on social cohesion and civic participation, and the leadership challenges and opportunities resulting from intergroup tensions and breakthroughs on both sides of the Atlantic. Her efforts led to the first “Mission Critical: Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices for Militaries” workshop and “Diversity, Inclusion, and U.S. Foreign Policy” that brought together leaders across sectors, borders, and generations in the U.S. Congress and at the U.S. Department of State.
Most recently a senior foreign service officer specialized in public diplomacy, Berg served at the U.S. embassies in Tunis, Rabat, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bridgetown, Bratislava, Paris, and Brussels, as well as with the special representative to Muslim communities. She holds master’s degrees in international relations and in poetry from Johns Hopkins University. She speaks French and Arabic, as well as some Spanish and Slovak.