The Founding of Alianta

Alianta Founders 2013
Alianta Charter Members 2013
Ambassador Mark Gitenstein and Dan Dimancescu co-founded Alianta in early 2013. This was announced at the Cosmos Club Feb 6, 2013 to an audience of 250 and followed by a first meeting of ‘Charter Members’ a few months later. Mark took the lead as the first President of the organization.

Standing: Mike Carroll, Founder of Romanian Children's Relief; Mrs. Katherine Dimancescu; Dana Beldiman, Honorary Consul of Romania in SanFrancisco; Shelia Kast, Jim Rosapepe, Don Lothrop, New Vista Partners; Eileen McHenry, Romanian Children's Relief; Chris Fontanesi, former Peace Corps Volunteer.

Seated: Dr. Ernest Latham; Mark Gitenstein, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania; Dan Dimancescu, Honorary Consul-General of Romania in Boston

The Society of Friends of Romania

Origins: The Society of Friends of Romania




History of US-Romanian Relationship


National Unification Day - December 1, 1918

Brief History of U.S.-Romanian Political Relations (1) - by United States Department of State

Brief History of U.S.-Romanian Political Relations (2) - by United States Department of State

Is Roumania a Balkan State? by N. Iorga published in Roumania - A Quarterly Review, Vol. VI, Number 1, 1930, p. 14.

1903-Present Romanian Oil Industry: History - Chronology of Events

1918 - Ohio Transylvanian-Romanians in WW-1 (37th Div.)

1918 - First Romanian Diplomatic Representative  to Washington, DC

1918 - Vasile Stoica - at Independence Hall, Philadelphia

1922 - Romanians in America - by Dan Dimancescu

1925 - US War Loans to Romania WW-I - War Debt Repayment Settlements Negotiated

1931 - Ford Motor establishes sales company in Bucharest and in 1936 Ford’s first East European plant opens in Bucharest with 2,500 cars and trucks per year. Ford Hall is now listed as a Historic Monument.

1943 - Romanians in U.S.A - by Dimitri Dimancescu

1943-1944 - Seventy Years After - U.S. Air War Prisoners Remember 1947 - US Emergency Food Aid - Aid sent to alleviate severe shortages 1960 - Fulbright Program - intellectual exchanges program established

1964 - Fifty Years Ago / U.S. Opinions About Romania - Leading national newspaper articles

1991 - Peace Corps - launched and phased out in 2013

2011 - Strategic Partnership - Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century