The Board

The 2016-2017 Board of Directors

Sarah Hale, Bosch XXX, Co-President

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.

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.

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.

Amity Balbutin-Burnham, Bosch XXIV, At-large Board Member

Berkeley, CA

Experience

Amity Balbutin-Burnham is Manager of Project Development for the West Region. In this position, she is responsible for managing a portfolio of development projects, from the origination phase, construction and commissioning through hand over to Project Lender, Asset Sale or Asset Management by EDF Renewable Energy. Amity is the Manager of Project Development for Catalina Solar (143.2 MWp) located in California’s Mojave Desert. Catalina Solar represents EDF Renewable Energy’s largest utility-scale solar project to be developed in the U.S, and is the 6th largest photovoltaic plant in the United States. Amity is also the Manager of Project Development for CID (27MWp) and Cottonwood Solar (32.6MWp) projects.

Aaron Fishbone, Bosch XXXI, At-large Board Member

Seattle, WA

Experience

Aaron completed the Bosch Fellowship in late May 2015. Drawing on his professional background in public policy and previous experience as Senior Communications and Policy Analyst in the Office of the Mayor in Seattle, Washington, Aaron was placed in the Local Affairs Working Group for the Social Democratic Party of Germany in the German Parliament and in the International Relations Unit in the city of Düsseldorf.

Adam Gerstmeier, Bosch XXXI, At-large Board Member

Milwaukee, WI

Experience

Adam currently works as the Business Unit Director at Strattec Security Corporation. His background is in new product development and management. Adam finished the Bosch Fellowship in late February 2015. He completed his stage at Porsche.

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.

Cameron McCosh, Bosch XXXI, Communications Chair

Bozeman, MT

Experience

Cameron completed the Bosch Fellowship in late May 2015. She currently consults with a variety of non-profits on strategy and management. Her previous experience as the Chief Operating Officer at the American Action Forum prepared her well for her stage in the office of Marie-Luise Dött (CDU/CSU) in the German Parliament. Cameron organized an individual project entitled “Female Entrepreneurship in Germany ” while on the Bosch Fellowship, where she was able to highlight her professional skills in the field of public policy.

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.

Matthew Sandiford, Bosch XXVII, At-large Board Member

Atlanta, GA

Experience

Matthew is an associate in King & Spalding’s Global Finance practice. He is active in King & Spalding’s leveraged finance, healthcare, venture finance and specialty finance practices. Matthew represents financial institutions, lenders, investors, borrowers, underwriters and arrangers in leveraged finance, securitization and other secured and unsecured lending transactions, with a focus on healthcare services, pharmaceuticals, medical device and sponsor finance transactions.

Christina Tsafoulias, Bosch XXX, Membership Chair

Washington, DC

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.

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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