American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Washington, DC


The American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is in the search for a new President. Please click to view the full position description or to nominate/apply.

American Friends seeks an externally-facing senior executive with instant credibility among leading academic institutions, researchers and thought leaders, to drive their engagement with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, one of the globe’s leading sponsors of research by international scholars. Success in this role will depend on a deep understanding of American and German academic, private sector and civil society institutions and cultures; sustained outreach and engagement campaigns; and fundraising solicitations to broaden the impact of this USA-based 501c3.

Established in 1953 to advance research in service to humanity, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, located in Bonn and Berlin, has a strong network of 30,000 alumni “Humboldtians” across the globe in 140 countries (inc. 57 Nobel Laureates). Of these networks, the strongest outside of Germany is the almost 6,000 member American Friends, which is based in Washington, DC and which is spread across 448 college and universities as well as the private, nonprofit and government sectors.

The President, supported by a prestigious Board and professional staff focused on scholarly engagement, fund-raising and friend-raising, will expand awareness and support for the Foundation and its programs in the United States. The objective of American Friends is to have the Foundation take a more prominent and complementary place besides scholarly organizations that currently are more instantly known in the USA – Rhodes (founded 1903), Fulbright (1946), Truman (1975) and some more recent programs like those offered by the Gates and Google foundations.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Mark Oppenheim, Lee Kappelman and Steven Oppenheim at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.

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