Alianta is a non-partisan alliance of American and Romanian organizations and professionals working to strengthen the cultural, economic, and security ties between the two countries.

Alianta empowers Romanian and American institutions and individuals through education, networking, and facilitating opportunities that benefit the citizens of both nations. In doing so Alianta will heighten and strengthen the image of Romania in the United States of America, especially amongst key U.S. opinion makers.


The Society of Friends of Romania - 1920

Established in 1920 by
William Nelson Cromwell

New Initiative Proposed
Cosmos Club - Washington, D.C.
February 6, 2013

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Alianta Founding Event
Cosmos Club - Washington, D.C. / June 7, 2013
Hosted by Former Amb. Mark Gitenstein & Hnry Consul Dan
Dimancescu / and:
Former Amb. James Rosapepe and Mrs. Sheilah Kast Rosapepe;
Hnry. Consul of Romania, Dana Beldiman; Mrs. Katherine
Dimancescu; Michael Carroll, Fndr of Romanian Children's Relief;
Dr. Ernest Latham; Dan Lothrop, New Vista Partners; and Chris
Fontanesi, Peace Corps.
ALIANTA is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
MAILING: PO Box 11131, Washington, D.C. 20008




Alianța Names New Executive Director & New Cultural Projects Director

March 2018 - Reflecting its growth, Alianța, the four-year old Washington D.C. based organization of Americans and Romanians working for strong ties between the two countries, is pleased to announce Bill Avery as full-time Executive Director.  Mr. Avery is a well-known figure in American and Romanian business circles, has lived and worked in Romania, and is the founder of the English-language media company, Business Review, published since 1998.

Bill Avery

“Bill brings extensive business leadership and communications experience to Alianța. He has proven his ability to build up a successful business, organize prestigious events and fundraise in Bucharest, as well as success in key marketing/communications leadership roles at UnitedHealth Group (Optum) in the U.S.,” said Jim Rosapepe, Board Chairman. “We welcome his expertise as we bring Alianța to the next level.”

“I am honored to have this opportunity to support Alianța’s ambitious growth plans. I will offer the same dedication to building up Alianța as I did to my other activities related to supporting Romanian-American business and cultural links,” said Bill Avery. “As Alianța’s first full-time executive director, I am grateful for the support of the Board, and Daniela Kammrath,” he added.

“Affinity Projects” take flight

This year, expanding beyond its annual Gala, Alianța has launched several Affinity Projects to promote Romanian film festivals and Romanian language training in the US.

Daniela Kammrath

Former executive director Daniela Kammrath will head up these important cultural initiatives, providing continuity from her previous role.

“I accepted the role as executive director of Alianța with the commitment to advance its mission, define its role for all of us committed to the U.S./Romanian partnership, and to work on building a stronger community around the organization. After three years in this position, I am pleased we've made such progress towards these goals, and that Alianța is moving forward to expand the team to implement its strategy,” Ms. Kammrath said.

“I thank all the board, donors, volunteers, leaders and members of the community, the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and American Embassy in Bucharest, for their support. I look forward to working with all of them on the Romanian cultural projects we have designed for 2018. I am grateful for and humbled by your trust and support,” she added.

We welcome Bill Avery to the Alianța organization and congratulate Daniela Kammrath on accepting her new challenge!


Jim Rosapepe (President), ex-Ambassador to Romania, Baltimore, MD
Allan Cruse, San Francisco, CA
Dan Dimancescu (Co-Fndr), Honorary Consul-General of Romania, Boston
Charles Frank, New York, NY
Radu Georgescu, Bucharest, Romania
Mark Gitenstein, (Co-Fndr) ex-Ambassador to Romania, Seattle, WA
Corina Rebegea, Washington, DC
Prosser Stirling, Washington, DC
Radu Tatucu, Washington, DC
Chang Oh Turkmani, Washington, DC


Hans Klemm, U.S. Ambassador to Romania
George Maior, Romanian Ambassador to United States of America


Cristina Bejan, Denver, CO
Ramona A. Bejan, Philadelphia, PA
Iulian Calinov, Seattle, WA
Mike Costache, Los Angeles, CA
Chris Fontanesi, ex-Peace Corps in Romania, Washington, DC
Eileen McHenry, Romanian Children's Relief Fund (US) / Inocenti (Romania)
Roger Kirk, ex-Ambassador to Romania. Washington, DC
Nicholas Florescu, Honorary Consul of Romania in Houston
Iuliana Niculescu, Doctor, Detroit, MI
Iliana Orlich, Professor ASU, Tempe, AZ
Nelu Prodan, Honorary Consul of Romania in Dallas, TX
John Rakolta, Jr., Honorary Consul of Romania in Detroit, MI
George Roth, Honorary Consul of Romania in Silicon Valley, CA
Jacob Segal, Los Angeles, CA
George Sfedu, Honorary Consul of Romania in Philadelphia, PA
Tiberius Vadan, New York, NY


Dana Beldiman, Honorary Consul of Romania in San Francisco
Mike Carroll, Photographer and Founder of Romanian Children's Relief Fund
Ernest Latham, Historian and ex-State Department
Don Lothrop, Businessman and Venture Capitalist
Sheila Rosapepe, National Public Radio (Baltimore)


Bill Avery