Representative to the U.S. and Canada
FES Representative in Washington since 2018
Knut Dethlefsen serves as the FES Representative to the U.S. and Canada. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., he led FES offices in Warsaw, Jerusalem, and Shanghai. In between, he also served as the Department Head of the Asia and Pacific Department of the FES in Berlin.
Knut has extensive experience in the United States having completed a yearlong high school exchange program in Logan, West Virginia, and later working for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as a Legislative Fellow, advising the Senator on foreign affairs issues.
Knut obtained his M.A. in History, Political Science, and Economics from the Technical University of Berlin as well as a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He is a proud member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) as well as the German service sector trade union ver.di.
Program Officer for Foreign- and Security Issues
Team member since 2005
Michael Czogalla is the Program Officer for Foreign- and Security Issues. He joined the Washington office of the FES in January 2005. He is originally from Magdeburg, Germany and received his M.A. in American Studies, Political Science, and German Studies focusing on international relations, the Eastern European Transformation, and cultural studies from Leipzig University, Germany. Michael Czogalla has taught German Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and published the book: "Behind the Laughter," which looks at societal controversies, religious aspects and family values in U.S. popular culture. Michael is also a graduate of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University, as well as General Assembly.
Program Officer for Econonimc and Social Issues
Team member since 2004
Knut Panknin is Program Officer and oversees the programs on Economic and Labor relations. He joined the FES as a Program Officer in June 2004. He received his M.A. in Political Science - focusing on U.S. foreign and domestic policy, Linguistics, and Philosophy from the Georg August University in Göttingen, Germany. Prior to his position at the FES, he worked in a European study program at the Center for European and North American Studies at the University of Göttingen.
Program and Communications Officer
Team member since 2019
Lauren Schwartz joined the FES DC as Program and Communications Officer in January 2019, and oversees history programming, as well as the communications and outreach of the Washington office. She studied German literature, European cultural studies, and studio art at Princeton University before earning her M.A. in German and European Studies at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the FES, she worked in research and communications capacities in several Berlin-based cultural, academic, and political institutions.
Program Officer for Climate and Energy Issues and Congressional Liaison
Team member since 2010
Sebastian Ehreiser is Program Officer and oversees the programs on E3 - Energy, Environment, Economy. He joined the Washington office of the FES in September 2010. He completed his Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn, where he focused on transatlantic energy policy and comparative advocacy techniques in the EU and the U.S. Sebastian previously received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and German from Wake Forest University, followed by a year in Leipzig, Germany as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.
Program Officer for Transatlantic Relations and Canada Liaison
Team member since 2020
Jordan Leichnitz currently serves as the Program Officer in Canada of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Washington office. Jordan has over fifteen years of experience in progressive political strategy and policy development. She has worked in senior roles in the New Democratic Party of Canada for over a decade.
Team member since 2002
Monika Parson is the Financial Officer at the Washington Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. She joined the FES as Financial Officer in December 2002. Previously, she has worked for the Marsh McLennan Companies in Washington, DC. Prior to coming to the United States, she has worked for the state government of North Rhine Westphalia in Düsseldorf for eleven years. Monika has also lived and worked in cities such as Tokyo, Stockholm, and London for several years.