Who We Are – Alianta – Strengthening the Romanian American Alliance

Who We Are

Alianta Board

Board Chair

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.


Radu Tatucu

The World Bank, Part of the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, East Asia and Pacific Region


Corina Rebegea

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.

Board Member

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.

Board Member

Chang Oh-Turkmani

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.

Board Member

Charles Frank

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.

Board Member

Iulian Calinov

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.

Board Member

Lauren Rakolta

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.

Board Member

Prosser Stirling

Prosser Stirling is Senior Director, International Relations and Government Affairs, Oracle.

Board Member

Dan Dimancescu

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.

Board Member

Allan Cruse

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.

Alianta Staff

Development Director

Rebecca Diamond

Rebecca Diamond is an experienced Development Officer with a demonstrated history of leadership and relationship building. Highly skilled in Nonprofit management including donor stewardship, volunteer organization and membership services.


Christopher Ingersoll

Christopher Ingersoll is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Government and Politics and a minor in Law and Society. He intends in enrolling in law school in the near future and hopes to someday work on Capitol Hill.

Alianta Advisory Board

Cristina Bejan

Ramona Bejan

Dr. Iuliana Niculescu, M.D.

Mike Costache

Tiberius Vadan

George Sfedu, Hon. Consul, Philadelphia

Chris Fontanesi

Ambassador Roger Kirk (ret.)

Ambassador John Rakolta

Nicolas Florescu, Hon. Consul, Houston

George Roth, Hon. Consul, San Francisco

Ileana Orlich, Hon. Consul, Arizona

Eileen McHenry

Jacob Segal

Nelu Prodan, Hon. Consul, Dallas