The Board

The 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Cristina Gonzalez, Bosch XXXII, Co-President

Berlin, Germany

Experience

Cristina currently works in the Communications Department at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She was the RBFAA’s Communications Chair, as an At-Large Board Member, and also served on the sub-planning committee for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Berlin. During her Bosch Fellowship (2015-2016), Cristina explored the transatlantic topic, “Hate speech and the Luegenpresse: US, Germany and free speech in times of crisis.” Her stages included SPIEGEL ONLINE, ZDF’s Morgenmagazin and the American Academy in Berlin. Prior to the Fellowship, she was a senior radio producer, researcher and columnist for Cox Media Group, based in Atlanta, GA. Cristina is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute with a dual degree in journalism and political science.

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.

Elizabeth Johnson, Bosch XXX, Secretary

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Elizabeth Johnson is a Manager for Global Programs at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, where she is responsible for the implementation of infrastructure development assistance programs in emerging markets. Before joining the U.S. Government, Elizabeth worked on economic policy issues at the Representative of German Industry and Trade in Washington, D.C. She was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow from 2013 to 2014, where she worked at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology and in the foreign economic affairs department of the Federation of German Industries. Elizabeth earned her masters degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and holds a bachelors degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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, Membership Chair

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.

Lauren Edwards, Bosch XXIX, At-large Board Member

Seattle, WA

Experience

Lauren Edwards is the translation program manager at AmazonCrossing, Amazon Publishing’s imprint for literature in translation. A member of Bosch XXIX, she worked on global development policy in the Auswärtiges Amt and for die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She subsequently worked as the Communications Manager for die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Washington, DC, before shifting her passion for global affairs and cross-cultural communication to the international publishing industry. She holds a B.A. in foreign languages from Lewis and Clark College and a M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Elizabeth Livengood, Bosch XXIX, At-large Board Member

Berlin, Germany

Experience

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Livengood is a member of Bosch XXIX (2012-2013) and focused on economic and trade policy topics during the Bosch year. Lizzie has continued to work on trade policy topics in the years following her Bosch fellowship and is currently Director, Global Government Affairs and Policy for Siemens Healthineers in Berlin.

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.

Mary Pflum Peterson, Bosch XV, At-large Board Member

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.

Ellen Scholl, Bosch XXXII, Regional Events Chair

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Ellen is currently deputy director of the Global Energy Center at The Atlantic Council, a foreign policy think tank based in Washington DC. As a Bosch 32 (2015-2016) Fellow, she worked at the Federation of German Industries (BDI), World Energy Council Germany, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Prior to her Fellowship year, Ellen spent five years working on energy issues in a legislative capacity, as committee staff in the Texas Senate and the US House of Representatives. Ellen received her master’s degree in global policy studies, with a certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was a Powers fellow. She earned a BA in humanities and government from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with highest honors.

Sarah Hale Smith, Bosch XXX, Communications Chair

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.

Pilar Wolfsteller, Bosch X, At-large Board Member

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Experience

Pilar is a journalist and communications professional based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a member of Bosch X (1993-1994) and previously served on the RBFAA Board in 2014-2016 as Communications Chair and At-Large Member. She completed her fellowship stages at the Bundesministerium für Frauen und Jugend in Bonn and the Sächsische Zeitung newspaper in Dresden.

Following the Bosch program, she spent almost two decades living and working in Europe before returning to the United States in 2013. She held various editorial roles for Reuters and Bloomberg, followed by strategic public relations and Corporate Social Responsibility positions for leading global brands including Deutsche Bank, McKinsey & Company and Airbus. Her Master’s Degree is from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada). She also completed a Professional Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility management at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). She is a passionate aviator and holds both FAA and EASA private pilot certificates.

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