The Board

The 2017-2018 Board of Directors

Jessica Lewis, Bosch XXVIII, Co-President

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Jessica is based in Washington, D.C., and currently works on energy and infrastructure issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Jessica is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in German and European Studies and a certificate in International Business Diplomacy. As a Bosch Fellow, Jessica worked on renewable energy business strategy and international cooperation on energy policy.

Christina Tsafoulias, Bosch XXX, Co-President

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Christina currently serves as an Advisor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in the United States, where she helps the embassy engage with the US Congress and increase its presence on Capitol Hill. Christina was recently selected as a Next Generation Fellow by the Atlantic Council. The Next Generation Fellows published their report on ways to strengthen the US-German relationship in June 2015. Prior to participating on the Bosch Fellowship, Christina worked as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Foreign Policy Advisor for Congressman Mike Capuano of Massachusetts. Christina is based in Washington, DC.

Harrison Grafos, Bosch XXX, Secretary

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Harrison Grafos is a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where he focuses on management and budget policy. From 2013-2014, he served as a Bosch Fellow in the Bundestag and Auswärtiges Amt. Harrison earned a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and a MPA at New York University. His research in comparative public management was recognized with fellowships from, among others, Fulbright, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Daimler and Benz Foundation. He completed a BA at Whitman College and is a native of Washington state.

Katherine Kortum, Bosch XXXII, Treasurer

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Katherine Kortum is a Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board where she creates and guides committees analyzing transportation policy topics, including regulation of new mobility options (including Uber and Lyft), transit asset management, development of federal research plans, and intercity passenger travel. In 2015-2016, she was also a Robert Bosch Fellow, working with the Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel GmbH (InnoZ) in Berlin, on shared and integrated mobility research projects. Katherine holds an MS and PhD in Transportation Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.

Laura Damerville, Bosch XXIX, At-large Board Member

Silver Spring, MD

Experience

Laura is an experienced attorney currently working as an Assistant General Counsel at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Laura represented nonprofit organizations in tax, corporate, and employee benefits matters at Ropes & Gray LLP in New York City and Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered in Washington, D.C. Laura regularly presents on legal issues affecting nonprofit entities, and is particularly passionate about arts and cultural organizations. During her fellowship year in 2012-2013, Laura spent time at the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern and Deutsche Post DHL in Bonn.

Cristina Gonzalez, Bosch XXXII, Communications Chair

Berlin, Germany

Experience

Cristina is a communications associate at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a recent alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship (Bosch XXXII). As a Bosch Fellow, she worked at Spiegel Online, ZDF-MoMa and the American Academy in Berlin. Prior to her Fellowship year, Cristina was a senior radio producer, researcher and columnist for Cox Media Group, based in Atlanta, GA. She’s an honors graduate of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and also has a B.A. in Political Science.

Sarah Hale, Bosch XXX, At-large Board Member

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Sarah is the Chief Operating Officer at American Action Forum and has experience with a broad range of domestic policy issues, and nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining the American Action Forum she served as Chief of Staff for Representative Sue Myrick. As a legislative staffer, she developed considerable health-related expertise with regard to Medicare, Medicaid, FDA and public health law.

Carrie Mann, Bosch XV, At-large Board Member

Prunedale, CA

Experience

Carrie currently owns a small business, and has professional experience focused on climate change mitigation, energy and sustainable land redevelopment. Most recently Carrie has worked teaching permaculture and working with women in general health education. Carrie is based in northern California.

Margaret Monahan-Bopp, Bosch I, At-large Board Member

Bronxville, NY

Experience

Margaret Monahan-Bopp (Maggie) spent most of her career with Merrill Lynch, where she worked for 20 years in NY, London and Frankfurt. She retired from banking in 2001 and has recently returned to work. She has been doing consulting work, most recently at a CT-based hedge fund. Maggie has served twice before on the RBFAA Board. Through her over 30 years of interactions with the Board and participation in countless RBFAA events, she bring invaluable institutional knowledge and experience to the position.

Connie Moran, Bosch III, At-large Board Member

Ocean Springs, MS

Experience

Connie Moran served three terms as Mayor of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, from 2005 – 2017. She has twenty-five years of experience in state and local government, and has provided marketing and business development consulting. Connie holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Finance/Economics and International Commerce from Georgetown University in Washington, D,C and received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct graduate research at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany. In June 2006, she was honored by her Bosch Alumni colleagues as “Bosch Alumna of the Year.” Connie is active in community volunteer and civic activities, and is a member of Rotary International in Ocean Springs.

Emily Olman, Bosch XXV, Regional Events Chair

Berkeley, CA

Experience

Emily Olman is the founder of Hopscotch Interactive, a marketing and media services agency for promoting extraordinary spaces in 3D and VR. The company, based in Berkeley, CA, provides media content, as well as consulting services to a variety of clients from commercial and residential real estate, venues/event spaces, retail, and architecture. She has an extensive background in media sales and new media monetization. During her fellowship year with Bosch XXV, she enjoyed stages at the American Jewish Committee Berlin, the Aspen Institute Berlin, and the Freie Universität’s Center for Global Politics.

Mary Pflum Peterson, Bosch XV, Membership Chair

New York, NY

Experience

Mary Pflum Peterson (Bosch XV) is a multi-Emmy-Award-winning television journalist living and working in New York. She currently works as a producer at NBC News/ Today Show. She additionally is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, White Dresses: A Memoir of Love and Secrets, Mothers and Daughters and the mother of four young children.

Jaimes Valdez, Bosch XXIX, At-large Board Member

Portland, OR

Experience

Based out of Portland, Jaimes is often in Seattle, Salem and Olympia, working as a Policy Manager at Northwest SEED, responsible for regulatory, market and legislative policy issues. He brings over a decade of experience in renewables, including in project development, energy planning, utility marketing, and advocacy. Before joining Northwest SEED, Jaimes worked for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability for over five years, helping launch a number of energy initiatives and representing Portland in regulatory proceedings.

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