Ambassador Jim Rosapepe (ret.)
US Ambasador to Romania from 1998 to 2001, Jim is co-author of Dracula is Dead: Travels in Post-Communist Romania with his wife, public broadcasting journalist Sheilah Kast. He is Chair of Patuxent Capital Group and of the Maryland Senate Democratic Caucus, as well as a Board member of the Council of American Ambassadors.
The World Bank, Part of the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, East Asia and Pacific Region
Corina Rebegea is a Resident Fellow at CEPA, where she leads the U.S.-Romania Initiative, the Center's programming on democracy and rule of law in CEE as well as projects on countering disinformation.
Ambassador Mark Gitenstein (ret.)
Founding Board Chair of Alianta, Mark was US Ambassador to Romania from 2009 to 2012, as well as former Chief Counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee and retired partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown. He was the first American of Romanian heritage to serve as US Ambassador to Romania.
Chang Oh-Turkmani is Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University and the Managing Director at the Mega Company where she serves as financial advisor and sovereign debt negotiator to various East European governments. Prior to joining Mega Company, Professor Oh was an associate at Patton, Boggs & Blow.
Former First Vice President of the EBRD (major investor in Romania), Director of CME (owner of Pro TV), real estate developer in Bucharest, and owner of Time Out Bucharest Earlier he was a Professor of Economics at Princeton, Yale, and Makerere University; and a Vice President at Salomon Brothers and GE Capital.
Iulian Calinov is currently Program Manager with Facebook, and serves the Romanian community in Seattle as a Honorary Consul on Romania as well as the Secretary of Romanian American Society of Washington State.
Lauren is President and Chief Executive Officer of DFM Solutions. She also has extensive experience as a strategic consultant to political and legislative clients and has successfully served on numerous statewide and congressional campaigns for elected officials.
Prosser Stirling is Senior Director, International Relations and Government Affairs, Oracle.
Honorary Consul of Romania in Boston. Board Member Foundation Carpathia Conservation. Author of books and articles and producer of documentaries including varied Romanian subjects. Business consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
Allan Cruse is a retired professor in San Francisco who made his first trip to Romania with high school friends in summer 2011 and has been back once or twice each year since then, visiting 20 cities and villages by now, and joining Alianta's Board in 2015.
Emily Badin is currently pursing a degree in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. She hopes to graduate in the spring of 2021 and begin a graduate degree in Public Policy.
Kira Pfost is a recent Virginia Tech graduate with English and Russian language degrees. She intends on enrolling in a Professional Writing or Marketing master's program and hopes to work for the Foreign Service.