Sophie Arts is the program officer for security and defense policy (SDP) at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington, DC. In that role, she manages GMF’s security and defense programming and Washington-based convening and contributes to her team’s research portfolio. Her work focuses on transatlantic security cooperation within and outside of NATO. Arts also oversees the Brussels Forum Young Professionals Summit (YPS). Originally from Germany, she holds a master’s degree in American studies with a concentration in U.S. foreign policy and political communication from Humboldt University in Berlin, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and modern history from the University of Freiburg. As part of her program, she spent two years studying at the University of Virginia and at Connecticut College. Prior to joining GMF’s Washington office, Arts worked as research assistant at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, where she produced President and CEO Fred Kempe’s Inflection Points, and as a trainee in GMF’s Brussels Office, where she assisted with the organization of GMF’s flagship conference Brussels Forum.  She has a background in political journalism, writing for Spiegel Online International, and producing news briefs for the European Commission as part of her work for the media-monitoring agency Kantar Media.