Knut Dethlefsen

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.

Michael Czogalla

Senior Program Officer for Foreign- and Security Issues
Team member since 2005


Michael Czogalla  is the Senior Program Officer for Foreign- and Security Issues at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's Washington, DC office since 2005. Before joining the FES, he taught German Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2000-2001) and published the book: "Behind the Laughter", which deals with social controversies in U.S. popular culture. He writes regularly on transatlantic foreign and security policy issues. In 2004, he received an M.A. in American Studies, Political Science, and German Studies from the University of Leipzig. He is also a graduate of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University.

Knut Panknin

Senior Program Officer for Economic and Social Issues
Team member since 2004


Knut Panknin is the Senior Program Officer 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.

Nathaniel Haas

Capitol Hill Liaison and Program Officer
Team member since 2022


Nathaniel Haas serves as Capitol Hill Liaison and Program Officer, a position he has held since May 2022. Prior to joining FES, he completed a Max Kampelman Fellowship with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) in Congress. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond.

Jordan Leichnitz

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.

Eileen Antrobus

Financial and Office Manager
Team member since 2021


Eileen Antrobus joined the Washington Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung as Financial and Office Manager in January 2021. She received both her B.A. in Communication/Germanic Studies and M.A. in German Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to her position at the FES, she was a Language Program Officer for the Goethe-Institut Washington, DC.



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