Alumni on the Move: U.S. Elections, European Appointments, and Annie Maxwell of Skoll Global Threats Fund
GMF is proud to congratulate several alumni of the GMF leadership programs on recent victories in the U.S. midterm elections, promotions to the Bulgarian Cabinet, and Annie Maxwell (MMF ’07) on her appointment to the Presidency of the Skoll Global Threats Fund.
Midterm Elections: U.S. Congress
- Ruben Gallego (TILN ‘13) was elected to the U.S. Congress from Arizona’s 7th District, defeating libertarian Joe Cobb. Gallego resigned from the Arizona state House of Representatives to focus on his congressional campaign. In the state legislature, he served as the Democratic party’s assistant minority leader.
Midterm Elections: State Legislatures
- Sarah Gelser (MMF ‘11) of Oregon was elected by a wide margin to a State Senate seat. Democrat Gelser defeated Republican Betsy Close to take the District 8 seat, moving from a successful tenure in the Oregon House of Representatives.
- David Chiu (MMF ‘07) was elected to the California State Assembly with a wide margin after having served most recently as the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Bulgarian Cabinet Appointments
- Ivailo Kalfin (MMF ‘98), a former Member of the European Parliament, will now serve as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of demographic and social policy.
- Daniel Mitov (MMF ‘08), who was recently appointment Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria in the caretaker government, will now retain his position in the new government.
European Parliament Appointments
- David McAllister (MMF ‘00), has been named the EP Rapporteur for Serbia, and he will serve as Chair of the European Parliament delegation to the United States.
- Jeppe Kofod (MMF ‘04), has been appointed Vice-Chair of the European Parliament delegation to the United States.
Annie Maxwell (MMF ’07) new President of Skoll Global Threats Fund
The German Marshall Fund is also pleased to congratulate Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumna Annie Maxwell (MMF ‘07) on her recent appointment to the Presidency of the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Skoll is a San Francisco based organization that aims to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future. This Fund does this by working proactively to find, initiate, or co-create breakthrough ideas and activities with the potential to have a large-scale impact, either directly or indirectly, and whether on cross-cutting issues or individual threats.
Prior to assuming her new position, Maxwell served as Skoll’s first Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to September 2014. As COO, she led strategy development, established processes and practices for organizational effectiveness, and assembled an expert team to address global problems. She joined Skoll after serving as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of Vice President Biden, where she focused on implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. From 2002 to 2009, Annie worked with Direct Relief International, serving in her final position there as Chief Operating Officer. From 2005 to 2006, Annie was seconded to the United Nation’s Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by Special Envoy President Bill Clinton.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship alumni community wishes Annie all the best as she embarks on her new position.