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.
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.
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.
Ian Brzezinski leads the Brzezinski Group, LLC, a consulting firm advising commercial and government clients on international security policy, government relations, business development and political risk. He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and its Future Europe Initiative.
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.
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 one or twice each year since then, visiting 20 cities and villages by now, and joining Alianta'sBoard in 2015.
Adrian is the CEO and Founder of Jermain Capital LLC. From 2012-2015 he was Global Head of Emerging Markets at BlueMountain Capital Management and from 2006-2012 he was a Portfolio Manager with Elliott Management in New York. Adrian earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics from MIT and a Master of Philosophy from Yale.
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.
John Florescu has a 25 years history producing high-profile interviews with world leaders, as well as producing long-form documentaries for American and European television. A former Communications Director for the DNC, he now runs media companies in Romania with his brother, Radu.
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.
Obie manages OLM Advisors which provides transatlantic legal and investment advisory services. Before that, he was a partner at Dentons LLP and was a Global Board member and MP of the Bucharest and SE Europe law practice of Denton’s legacy firm Salans. He also managed the Romania-American Enterprise Fund, and served as President of AmCham.
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.
George Roth is a Sr. Manager in the Tech Partnerships Group at UiPath. He is the Co-founder of Recognos, a software company located in the San Francisco Bay Area with a subsidiary in Cluj. George is the Honorary Consul of Romania in San Francisco, Board Member of the Romanian United Fund and also runs the Romanian American Business Network group in Silicon Valley.