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GMF Welcomes the 2022 Spring Cohort of Marshall Memorial Fellows to Washington

March 22, 2022
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Photo By: Clarissa Villondo
After a two-year hiatus, GMF's flagship leadership development program, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF), welcomed its 2022 spring cohort to Washington, DC.

From Memphis to Kyiv, 75 leaders from across the United States and Europe will embark on six months of distance learning and 24 days of first-hand experience to facilitate the knowledge and network development needed for effective transatlantic engagement.

Their first stop during their introductory week began at GMF's Washington headquarters. 

Marshall Memorial Fellowship

The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) is GMF’s flagship leadership development program. Created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, it now prepares leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations.

I couldn't imagine a more important time to be exploring issues of European security and strengthening transatlantic relationships.

-Ahnna Smith (via Twitter)

Following international protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in June 2020, the DC Public Works Department painted the words "Black Lives Matter" on 16th Street NW, right outside of the White House. That same day, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser officially renamed the street to Black Lives Matter Plaza.

MMF alumni Anthony Robinson, political director at the National Democratic Training Committee, and Jesus Garcia, public affairs specialist at the US Department of Agriculture, would next lead a discussion on the future of race relations in the United States at BLM Plaza. 

Next, MMF fellows participated in a panel on media and democracy at the National League of Broadcasters. With misinformation campaigns on the rise, the conversation focused on the role of the media and news consumption, and how they can be improved for the future of democracy.  

Traveling Cohort Spring 2022

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