The Board

The 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Rob Fenstermacher, Bosch XVI, Co-President

New York, NY

Experience

Rob, the Chief Content Officer of the American Council on Germany in New York (which also has a network of twenty-one chapters throughout the United States), helps direct the organization’s transatlantic programming in Europe and the United States, and was formerly CEO of Cultural Vistas (and before that, CDS International), the implementing partner in the United States of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.  Rob has a strong understanding of how the program has evolved over time, was engaged in the Fellowship Program selection for fourteen years, maintains strong relationships with all the stakeholders involved in the program, and has experience working on major change (through the merger to create Cultural Vistas). Over the last year as RBFAA Co-President with Seth Oppenheim, he has been actively involved in the work of the Strategic Review Committee (SRC) looking to chart a path for the association’s future. Rob also worked with the RBFAA Board to create the ZoomAtlantic Dialogue series of virtual discussions on transatlantic affairs that highlight the work and expertise of Bosch Fellowship alumni.

Tony Ganzer, Bosch XXVI, Co-President

Cleveland, OH

Experience

Tony is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster with 15 years with radio, television, and new media outlets in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. He is an alumnus from Bosch XXVI (09/10), which laid the groundwork for his job as a correspondent with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation in Zurich from 2010-2013 where he covered Swiss banking, Parliament, refugees, and more. He’s currently the drive-time anchor for a regional public media organization in Cleveland, Ohio, still contributing occasionally to the BBC and Swissinfo, among others. In 2008, Tony received the Arthur F. Burns fellowship from the International Center for Journalists, working with Deutsche Welle in Bonn. He also operates as Cherry Mountain Media, offering select journalism, podcasting, and audio training services; produces a web series on bread baking and journalism—The Baking Journalist; and delights in continuing to encourage German language/cultural learning with his family. Tony looks forward to the opportunity to re-engage and deepen his connection and involvement with the RBFAA as co-president.

Carol Kuester, Bosch XII, Secretary

San Francisco, CA

Experience

Carol Kuester currently serves as the RBFAA Board Secretary. An urban planner by training, she is Director of regional technology programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her Bosch XII year (1995-96), Ms. Kuester served in the office of German Minister of Transport (then in Bonn) and worked with regional land use planning agencies in Berlin/Brandenburg. She extended her stay in Germany post-Bosch working as transportation consultant in Hamburg and Hannover. In 2011 she was named an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow by the German Marshall fund and published research on public and private sector transportation technology programs in the UK, Belgium and Germany. In addition to the RBFAA Board, Ms. Kuester has served on the Board of the Intelligent Transportation Society of California for seven years and is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board’s Research and Technology Coordinating Committee.

Katherine Kortum, Bosch XXXII, Treasurer

Washington, D.C.

Experience

Katherine Kortum is a Senior Program Officer at the Transportation Research Board where she provides recommendations to Congress and the USDOT on transportation policy. As a Robert Bosch Fellow from 2015 to 2016, she worked with the Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel GmbH (InnoZ) in Berlin, Germany, on shared and integrated mobility research projects. She was elected chair of Young Professionals in Transportation by the international membership three years in a row and managed the nonprofit professional organization. Katherine serves as a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority’s (WMATA) Riders Advisory Council, which she chaired from from 2017 through 2019, and as a member of the MWCOG Transportation Planning Board Citizens Advisory Committee, which she chaired from 2018 until 2019. She has also served on the board of ASCE’s Transportation & Development Institute from 2015 through 2017, is the Institute’s Development Council chair since 2017, and has been on ASCE’s transportation public policy committee since 2016. Among many other roles, she has been the Treasurer for RBFAA since returning from Germany in 2016, giving her another avenue to play with spreadsheets, numbers, and graphs to her heart’s content.

Laura Damerville, Bosch XXIX, Membership Chair

Silver Spring, MD

Experience

Laura Damerville is a nonprofit organizations attorney who has represented clients both small and large. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2007, Laura practiced law at Ropes & Gray LLP in New York City and Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered in Washington, D.C. In 2015, after spending years in private practice working with a variety of nonprofit clients (including the RBFAA), Laura joined the Smithsonian Institution as an Assistant General Counsel, a role she still holds today. Laura is a proud member of Bosch XXIX and has been an active member of the RBFAA since returning from Germany. During her fellowship year, Laura completed Stages at the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern and Deutsche Post DHL. Laura lives with her husband and two children in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is active in the German-speaking community in the DC metro area.

Michael Brown, Bosch XXXVI, At-large Board Member

Birmingham, AL

Experience

An urban planner and designer, Michael Brown produces comprehensive land use plans, zoning laws and administers land use policies and development regulations. As a Bosch Fellow, Michael researched best practices in creating science-based land use policies and development regulations for climate adaptation and mitigation. His work placements were with the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam and the Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik in Berlin. Michael is currently a principal planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in Chicago, IL. Certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, he is also immediate past president of the American Planning Association- National Capital Chapter with active memberships in the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International. He was recently appointed to the advisory committee for the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kyle Cline, Bosch XXIX, At-large Board Member

Indianapolis, IN

Experience

Kyle Cline currently serves as National Director of Strategic Partnerships at the National Association of Counties (NACo). His work focuses on the development and implementation of strategic partnerships and programs that help strengthen the nation’s 3,069 county governments and their communities, primarily in the areas of financial services and technology. Before joining NACo, Kyle was head of federal government relations for the Indiana Farm Bureau in Indianapolis, where he represented and advocated for 70,000 farmer members and their families in Washington, DC on all agricultural policy issues including trade, energy and immigration. Kyle was awarded the Robert Bosch Fellowship in 2012-2013, during which he completed stages with Climate-KIC and Ecologic Institute focusing on public-private partnership development in the areas of climate technologies, sustainable transportation, and cooperative ownership of renewable energy.

Michelle Fanzo, Bosch XIV, At-large Board Member

Pittsburgh, PA

Experience

Michelle currently serves as the Executive Director of AIA Pittsburgh, the western PA chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and leading our effort to build an AIA Pittsburgh Foundation to apply systems-thinking to community challenges, support public interest design and build social infrastructure that brings people together. She serves on a number of non-profit Boards, including the RBFAA 10 years ago, and currently as the Board President of The Global Switchboard, bridging local and global issues. She has 18 years experience in public policy and international affairs, mostly at the UN, including as a speechwriter in the Office of the Secretary-General under Kofi Annan, a policy specialist in the Department of Peacekeeping, and international development postings in Asia and Africa. She also serves as a fellow at the World Policy Institute

Harrison Grafos, Bosch XXX, At-large Board Member

Washington, DC

Experience

Harrison Grafos, Ph.D., is a trade policy analyst in World Trade Organization (WTO) and Multilateral Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he leads the engagement of the United States at the WTO’s Committee on Trade and Development, as well as USTR’s policy and coordination on the United Nations, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he worked as a budget analyst in the headquarters of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as an international policy analyst at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. From 2013-2014, he was a Bosch Fellow (XXX) in the Bundestag and Auswärtiges Amt. Harrison earned a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and an MPA at New York University. His dissertation research in comparative public management was recognized with fellowship awards from, among others, Fulbright, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Daimler and Benz Foundation. Harrison completed a BA at Whitman College and is a native of Washington state. Harrison is also co-chair of the Public Space and Transportation Committee in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, is the treasurer of his condominium association’s board of directors, and has twice served as the RBFAA’s secretary.

Elizabeth Johnson Kosobucki, Bosch XXX, At-large Board Member

Washington, DC

Experience

Elizabeth Johnson is a Director for Europe at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she is responsible for developing trade policy positions with the European Union with focus on Germany. Before joining USTR, Elizabeth worked for several years at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency on infrastructure development in emerging markets. Prior to her service in 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.

Elizabeth Ossowski, Bosch XXXII, At-Large Board Member

Denver, CO

Experience

Elizabeth Ossowski currently serves as a Program Coordinator for NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), where she manages a team of contractors through NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) with CU-Boulder to improve the collection and delivery of drought early warning information across the country. In 2015 and 2016, she served as a Robert Bosch Fellow with adephi in Berlin, Germany, conducting research on climate risk insurance, environmental conflict and state fragility, and the Water-Energy-Food nexus. Prior to NOAA and the Bosch Fellowship, she worked in Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and within the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior. From 2010-2013, she served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Correspondence at the White House. She also worked on Capitol Hill as an aide in President Obama’s former Senate office.

Christina Peters, Bosch XII, At-Large Board Member

Philadelphia, PA

Experience

Christina Peters is a senior legal executive using broad domestic and international experience in data, technology, and the law to craft strategy and practical business solutions to complex problems. As IBM’s Chief Privacy Officer at IBM, she is responsible for information policy and practices affecting IBM employees and thousands of clients. She leads a global team of legal, data protection and technical professionals at IBM who address privacy and data security in the leadership manner expected of this global brand. She also leads IBM’s global engagement in public policy and industry initiatives on data security and privacy, and serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum and on the Education Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). As a practicing attorney at IBM since 1996 (first in Germany, later in the US), Christina has handled a wide range of complex transactional, policy, compliance, litigation, and cybersecurity matters in the United States and internationally. Christina was educated at Dartmouth College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After a D.C. Circuit clerkship, Christina worked at a large Washington, D.C. law firm. Prior to joining IBM, she was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, where she worked at the Federal Cartel Authority and Deutsche Telekom. She speaks German and French in addition to her native English. She is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional, and has been admitted to the bars of New York, Pennsylvania (corporate counsel), Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Emily Schultheis, Bosch XXXIV, At-large Board Member

Berlin, Germany

Experience

Emily Schultheis is a freelance journalist and fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) in Berlin, where she primarily writes about German politics and the rise of the populist far right in Europe. Her reporting on Germany and Europe has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Slate, Politico Europe, CNN Opinion, and others. She came to Berlin as a member of the Bosch XXXIV cohort in 2017, doing work placements with Politico Europe and Der Tagesspiegel. Before her Bosch year, Emily covered U.S. politics as a staff writer for Politico, National Journal and CBS News in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English literature.

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