General Curtis M. Scaparrotti Joins GMF’s Board of Trustees
WASHINGTON —The German Marshall Fund of the United States is delighted to announce that General Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti has joined its Board of Trustees. Strong allied cooperation and partner engagement, whether in the Middle East, African, South Asian, Indo-Pacific, or European theater, was a constant and prominent theme in General Scaparrotti’s distinguished four-decade military career, and in particular his service as Commander of United States European Command and as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (2016–2019). As SACEUR, General Scaparrotti worked closely with the leadership of the then 29 NATO member nations and its nine global partner countries to strengthen the military capabilities of NATO in light of growing great power competition and an increase in hybrid threats and challenges.
“General Scaparrotti’s extraordinary breadth of military and regional experience will inform and deepen our security policy work in Europe and the Indo-Pacific at this unprecedented moment,” said GMF President Heather A. Conley. “His distinguished career reflects the same bold leadership and determined allied engagement that successfully rebuilt Europe after the Second World War, won the Cold War, and will secure the peace in a new era of strategic competition. I look forward to working closely with General Scaparrotti to engage with the American people about the great value of America’s allies and partners to keeping the United States secure.”
In addition to his service in Europe, General Scaparrotti served as Commander of US Forces Korea / United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command and commanded forces during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He received his Army commission following his graduation from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1978 and currently serves as a Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group. He also is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Korean Defense Veterans Association.
“It’s a transformative time for the transatlantic alliance,” said GMF Board Chair Robin West. “General Scaparrotti thinks deeply about ensuring NATO thrives through turbulent moments and has devoted his career to its ongoing strength and resiliency. His perspective will be invaluable to setting the strategic direction for GMF for its next 50 years of service in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.”
“The German Marshall Fund brings a broad aperture to the transatlantic space, understanding the connections both between countries and to the wider world,” said General Scaparrotti. “The transatlantic alliance continues to be the most resilient and relevant force for global security and peace on the world stage, and it is a pleasure and a privilege to further contribute to its strength through service on the German Marshall Fund’s Board.”
General Scaparrotti was elected to GMF’s Board by unanimous vote; his term of service is effective immediately.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan policy organization committed to the idea that the United States and Europe are stronger together. GMF champions the principles of democracy, human rights, and international cooperation, which have served as the bedrock of peace and prosperity since the end of World War II but are under increasing strain. GMF works on issues critical to transatlantic interests in the 21st century, including the future of democracy, security and geopolitics, alliances and the rise of China, and technology and innovation. By drawing on and fostering a community of people with diverse life experiences and political perspectives, GMF pursues its mission by driving the policy debate, fortifying civil society, and cultivating the next generation of leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.