The Marshall Memorial Fellowship offers emerging leaders ages 28-40, the opportunity to explore societies, institutions and people on the other side of the Atlantic. Now in its 26th year, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship hosts individuals from the political, public, corporate, media and nonprofit sectors for a three to four week travel experience designed to strengthen the transatlantic relationship. Drawn from 22 European countries and the U.S., more than 1,500 Fellows have participated in the program since its inception in 1982, remaining connected through annual conferences, meetings, online communications and involvement in other German Marshall Fund (GMF) program areas. GMF works closely with partners in more than 60 cities on both sides of the Atlantic to make the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program possible.
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 2006 began to participate in the selection process and created a volunteer advisory committee to select recipients. In 2010, the Civic League for Regional Atlanta, bringing its strength in developing metro Atlanta's citizens into leaders, began managing the selection process. Selections are based on an outstanding record of achievement in an applicant's profession, a strong record of civic involvement and potential influence within his/her own community, and clear demonstration of leadership, intellectual curiosity, independence, maturity and initiative.
Founded in 1982, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) was created by the German Marshall Fund of the United States to introduce a new generation of European leaders to America's institutions, politics and people. In 1999, GMF launched a companion program to expose future U.S. leaders to a changing and expanding Europe. Over the past 26 years, the MMF program has attracted over 1,500 of the best and brightest from all sectors, including politics, media, business and nongovernmental organizations.
For more information about the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, please contact Kristina Morris, program associate, at 404-588-3213.
- John Hardman, 32, of Atlanta, who is president and investment manager for First Light Ventures, an investment fund helping entrepreneurs build sustainable, market-based solutions for people living in low-income communities worldwide. Before that, he gave business and legal counsel to start-ups and individuals, practiced law and worked at Synovus Financial Corp. Hardman, who has an MBA and a law degree, has taught economics, social studies and English in the Dominican Republic and served as an election monitor during the 2008 Nepalese elections.
- Russ Lipari, 35, of Smyrna, who is vice president of government affairs and corporate development for Atlanta-based Saint Joseph’s Health System. Before that, he was vice president of business development at a healthcare technology company, a public affairs director for a healthcare transportation company and a policy analyst for the Georgia House of Representatives. Lipari, who has a master’s degree in public administration, serves on boards and is a volunteer for a myriad of Atlanta-area nonprofits.
- Kenneth Mims, 31, of Snellville, who teaches 8th grade physical science at Snellville Middle School in Gwinnett County. Before that, he taught science in Camden, NJ, and Philadelphia. This year, Mims, who has a masters in science education, started a consulting firm specializing in science and math curriculum, and professional development for educators. Mims also was elected – at the age of 25 – to the school board in Winslow Township, NJ. He is involved in various civic activities, including groups helping seniors and those with mentoring activities for young people.