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With assistance from the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, Legacy International arranges two-week fellowship placements for Legislative Fellows Program delegates from North Africa.   We want to thank the following offices and organizations for their generosity and guidance during this important program component. 

Hosts for the Legislative Fellows in the Fall Delegation(2013).

1. Congressman Ed Perlmutter
District: Colorado 7th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2006 (4th term)
Committee Membership: Financial Services
LFP Fellowship Placement: Nada Aridhi (Tunisia)

 

Alcee Hastings2. Congressman Alcee Hastings
District: Florida 20th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1993 (10th term)
Committee Membership: Intelligence, Rules

LFP Fellowship Placement: Moustafa Mahmoud (Egypt)

 

Bobby Rush3. Congressman Bobby Rush  
District: Illinois 1st District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1993 (10th term)
Committee Membership: Energy and Commerce, Technology and Internet, Education and Labor

LFP Fellowship Placement: Ammad Almusrati (Libya)  

 

4. Congresswoman Susan Davis
District: California 53rd District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2001 (Serving 6th term)
Committee Membership: House Armed Services Committee, where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Education and Workforce Committee

LFP Fellowship Placement: Amna Alsallak (Libya)

5. Congressman Tom Petri 
District: Wisconsin 6th District – Republican
Member of Congress Since: 1979 (18th term)
Committee Membership: The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

LFP Fellowship Placement: Somaia El Sayed Metwalli (Egypt)

 

6. Congresswoman Betty McCollum 
District: Minnesota 4th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2001 (8th term)
Committee Membership: Appropriations

LFP Fellowship Placement: Ines Amri (Tunisia)

 

7. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty 
District: Connecticut 5th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2012 (1st term)
Committee Membership: Science, Space and Technology
LFP Fellowship Placement: Shaima Saleh (Egypt) (Share with IMTD)

8. Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
LFP Fellow: Shaima Saleh (Egypt) (Shared with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty)

The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peace-building and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict. IMTD uses a holistic and participatory approach to assess the key variables in deep-rooted conflicts and post-conflict settings. The Institute is focused on identifying and understanding the causes of conflict within a nation. IMTD promotes the breaking down of stereotypes and other barriers to peace.

Ambassador John W. McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and peace-builder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his diplomatic career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen years on United Nations economic and social affairs. He is currently Chairman and co-founder (1992) of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, in Washington D.C.

 

9. Congressman Gregory Meeks 
District: New York 6th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1998 (9th term)
Committee Membership: Financial Services, Foreign Affairs
LFP Fellowship Placement: Anis Rouissi (Tunisia)

10. Senator Jon Tester (TENTATIVE – PENDING GOVERNMENT OPENING)
District: Montana – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2007 (2nd term)
Committee Membership: Appropriations, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Indian Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs

LFP Fellowship Placement: Muhammad Rakha (Egypt)

11. The United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC)
LFP Fellow: Muhammad Rakah (Egypt)

The FMC is a U.S. non-profit organization that promotes public service and strengthens representative democracy domestically and abroad. Its members are former members of the United States Congress. FMC utilizes its membership’s unique skills and experience in bipartisan programs that educate, disseminate information, and create dialogue.  FMC was founded in 1970 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational, research and social organization.  It teaches about the crucial role of the legislative branch in a representative democracy and promotes the ideals of public service to high school and college students.

12. The Campaign Legal Center
LFP Fellow: Abulsalem Mocassbi (Libya)

The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics. The Legal Center offers nonpartisan analyses of issues and represents the public interest in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings. The Legal Center also participates in generating and shaping our nation’s policy debate about money in politics, disclosure, political advertising, and enforcement issues before the Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

13. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee – Minority Staff and Senator Mike Crapo (Idaho) (TENTATIVE – PENDING GOVERNMENT OPENING)
LFP Fellow: Saida Chiraz Karoui (Tunisia)

The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs is one of twenty Senate committees tasked with conducting Senate business related to specialized areas of legislative interest.  Although the Senate has a longstanding history of writing and passing legislation focusing on our nation’s banks, the Senate Banking Committee was not formally established until 1913, with Senator Robert Owen of Oklahoma, sponsor of the landmark Federal Reserve Act, as its first Chairman; since then, the Committee has undergone various transformations and reorganizations.

The Committee is led by Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID). The Committee is currently made up of 22 Senators; 12 Democrat, and 10 Republican.

14. AFL – CIO
LFP Fellow: Saida Chiraz Karoui (Tunisia)

The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), created in 1955 by the merger of the AFL and the CIO, is a democratic, voluntary federation of 57 national and international labor unions that represent 12.2 million working people. It is the largest federation of unions in the United States. The AFL – CIO’s priorities include creating good family-supporting jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports; improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage; keeping good jobs at home by reforming trade rules, re-industrializing the U.S. economy and redoubling efforts at worker protections in the global economy; strengthening Social Security and private pensions; ensuring fair tax policies; making high-quality, affordable health care available to everyone; and holding corporations more accountable for their actions.

15. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) and Senator Tom Harkin  (Iowa) (TENTATIVE – PENDING GOVERNMENT OPENING)
LFP Fellow: Rabab Ahmed (Egypt) (Share with GWU School of Public Health)

The committee began in 1869 as the Committee on Education and in 1884 through the mid-1900s it was known as the Education and Labor Committee. In 1999, then Chairman James Jeffords of Vermont, worked to officially name it the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Today the Committee is led by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and is comprised of 22 Senators; 12 Democrats and 10 Republicans. Under their leadership, the Committee is composed of three subcommittees, which have a broad jurisdiction over our country’s health care, education, employment and retirement policies.

Senator Tom Harkin has represented Iowa in Congress for 35 years. First winning election to the U.S. House in 1974, he represented Iowa’s Fifth Congressional District until 1984, when he challenged an incumbent Senator and won. Iowans returned him to the Senate in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008, making Tom Harkin the first Iowa Democrat to win a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

16. George Washington University School of Public Health
LFP Fellow: Rabab Ahmed (Egypt) (Shared with Senate HELP Committee and Senator Tom Harkin)

Established in July 1997, the School of Public Health and Health Services brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business, and education. Today, more than 900 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 35 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level degrees in public health.

The School also offers an array of joint degree programs, allowing students to couple a law degree with the Master of Public Health (MPH), or to combine an MPH with a medical degree or an MA in International Affairs. An MPH/Physician’s Assistant program, the first in the world, is available at the SPHHS, as is the opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer while pursuing an MPH. Within the departments, sixteen specialist centers, institutes and special programs are sites for research and training across the many disciplines of public health. The School’s current research portfolio is approximately eighteen million dollars.

The following U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress will be hosts for the Legislative Fellows in the Spring Delegation(2013).


Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

District: Connecticut 3rdDistrict – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1991 (11th term)
Committee Membership: Ranking member of Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee; FDA and Agriculture Subcommittee
LFP Fellow: Rabeb Ben Khalifa, Tunisia
Website: http://delauro.house.gov/

Congressman Tom Petri

District: Wisconsin 6th District – Republican
Member of Congress Since: 1979 (18th term)
Committee Membership: The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
LFP Fellowship Placement: Tasnim Gazbar, Tunisia
Website: http://petri.house.gov/

 

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

District: New York 7th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1993 (10th term)
Committee Membership: Senior member of the Financial Services Committee, Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, serves on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Housing and Insurance Subcommittees
LFP Fellow: Nermin Helmy Ahmed, Egypt
Website: http://velazquez.house.gov/

Congressman Chris Van Hollen

District: Maryland  8th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2003 (5th term)
Committee Membership: Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee; Joint Comm. On Deficit Reduction; Vice Chairman of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
LFP Fellow: Suliman Elrajoubi
Website: http://vanhollen.house.gov/

Congressman Tim Walberg

District: Michigan’s 7th District – RepublicanMember of Congress Since: 2011 and from 2007-2009 (3rd Term)
Committee Membership: Education and Workforce; Homeland Security; Oversight and Government Reform
LFP Fellow: Charfeddine Yacoubi, Tunisia
Website: http://walberg.house.gov/

Senator Jon Tester

District: State of Montana
Member of Congress Since: 1998 (3rd term)
Committee Membership: Senate Finance Committee; Ag. Committee; Rules Committee; Business, Labor and Economic Affairs
LFP Fellow: Muataz Osheibi, Libya
Website: http://www.tester.senate.gov/

Congressman Sean Duffy

District: Wisconsin 7th District – Republican
Member of Congress Since:  2011 (2nd term)
Committee Membership: House Financial Services Committee, House Committee on the Budget, Joint Economic Committee
LFP Fellow: Sameh Ben Cheikh Ahmed (Tunisia)
Website: http://duffy.house.gov/

 

German Marshall Fund

German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
LFP Fellowship Placement: Karim Karmi, Tunisia
Website: http://www.gmfus.org/

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.

As an independent American public policy and grant-making institution, GMF   fosters cooperation between the United States and Europe on the most pressing transatlantic issues, both inside and outside Europe’s changing borders.  GMF also continues strengthen democratic institutions in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

The Campaign Legal Center  

   
LFP Fellow: Salaheddin Gharman, Libya
Website: www.campaignlegalcenter.org

The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics. The Legal Center offers nonpartisan analyses of issues and represents the public interest in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings. The Legal Center also participates in generating and shaping our nation’s policy debate about money in politics, disclosure, political advertising, and enforcement issues before the Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

American Public Health Association (APHA)
LFP Fellows: Ola Omran and Kareem Sadik (Egypt)
Website: www.apha.org

The American Public Health Association is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities. APHA builds a collective voice for public health, working to ensure access to health care, protect funding for core public health services and eliminate health disparities, among a myriad of other issues. Through its two flagship publications, the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health and the award-winning newspaper The Nation’s Health, along with its e-newsletter Inside Public Health, the Association communicates the latest public health science and practice to members, opinion leaders and the public.

The Livingston Group

LFP Fellow: Alaeddin Tantush (Libya)
Website: www.livingstongroupdc.com
The Livingston Group is a bipartisan government relations firm in Washington, DC, The Livingston Group, L.L.C. (TLG), founded in March 1999, provides comprehensive government relations, public affairs, advocacy, and strategic communications services. TLG features six Democratic and Republican former Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, staff of governors, state representatives, and corporate executives. The firm has an extensive network of over 60 principals and consultants in the U.S., as well as 14 international affiliates. Founding partner Bob Livingston, the only practicing former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, created a unique model for government relations services by assembling a diverse and experienced talent pool. “We ensure through direct engagement by our partners that our nine practice areas provide integrated, multi-disciplined, global services to address all of our current and potential clients’ needs.”

The following U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress will be hosts for the Legislative Fellows in the Spring Delegation(2012).

Andre CarsonCongressman Andre Carson

District: Indiana 7th District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2007 (2nd term)
Committee Membership: Financial Services, Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs, Armed Services
LFP Fellowship Placement: Nawaf Al-Kout (Kuwait)
Website: http://carson.house.gov

Alcee HastingsCongressman Alcee Hastings

District: Florida 23rd District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1993 (10th term)
Committee Membership: Intelligence, Rules
State: Connecticut – Independent Democrat
Senator Since: 1988 (4th term – Senators serve 6 year terms)
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Chairman), Armed Services, Small Business and Entrepreneurship
LFP Fellowship Placement: Tayseer Ahmed (Egypt)
Website:  http://www.alceehastings.house.gov

Joseph LiebermanSenator Joseph Lieberman

State: Connecticut – Independent Democrat
Senator Since: 1988 (4th term – Senators serve 6 year terms)
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Chairman), Armed Services, Small Business and Entrepreneurship
LFP Fellowship Placement: Osama Mofta (Egypt)
Website:  http://lieberman.senate.gov/

Bobby RushCongressman Bobby Rush 

District: Illinois 1st District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 1993 (10th term)
Committee Membership: Energy and Commerce, Technology and Internet, Education and Labor
LFP Fellowship Placement: Hassan Zouheir Abassi (Morocco)
Website: http://www.house.gov/rush

Susan DavisCongresswoman Susan Davis

District: California 53rd District – Democrat
Member of Congress Since: 2001 (Serving 5th term)
Committee Membership: House Armed Services Committee, where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. She also sits on the Education and Workforce Committee
LFP Fellowship Placement: Mubarak Al-Hinai (Oman)
Website: http://www.house.gov/susandavis/

Dave Camp

Congressman Dave Camp

District: Michigan 4th Congressional District – Republican
Member of Congress Since: 1991 (11th term)
Committee Membership: House Committee on Ways and Means (Chairman)
LFP Fellowship Placement: Nadia Rabaa (Morocco)

Website:http://camp.house.gov/

Reid RibbleCongressman Reid Ribble

District: Wisconsin 8th District – Republican
Member of Congress Since: 2011 (1st term)
Committee Membership: Budget Committee, the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
LFP Fellowship Placement: Alia ElBaddiny (Egypt)
Website: http://ribble.house.gov/

Tom PetriCongressman Tom Petri
District: Wisconsin 6th District – Republican
Member of Congress Since: 1979-Present (17th term)
Committee Membership: The Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
LFP Fellowship Placement: Ahmed Al-Makhmari (Oman)
Website: http://petri.house.gov/

German Marshall FundGerman Marshall Fund of the United States
LFP Fellowship Placement: Miad Al-Bulushi (Oman)
Website: http://www.gmfus.org/

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and cooperation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship. In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies.

Founded in 1972 through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven offices in Europe: Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, and Warsaw. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

In 1947, at a Harvard University commencement ceremony, U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall first announced plans to rebuild war-torn Europe.  That speech led to the creation of the Marshall Plan, credited with putting Europe back on track to democracy and prosperity following the devastation caused by World War II. Twenty-five years later, German Chancellor Willy Brandt went to Harvard to announce plans to create a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, through a gift of DM 150 million on behalf of the German people. “The memory of the past has become the mission of the future,” he said.

The German Marshall Fund of the United States is the result of Germany’s generous gift.  Consistent with Brandt’s vision, GMF is dedicated to the promotion of greater understanding and common action between Europe and the United States. The German government renewed its commitment to GMF with subsequent rounds of funding in 1986 and 2001 that resulted in a substantial endowment, ensuring GMF’s work would continue well into the future.

From the very beginning, GMF was envisioned as an institution that would work with all of Europe. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, GMF rapidly expanded its work in Central and Eastern Europe and played an instrumental role during the 1990s in assisting with the transitions to democracy in this region.

Today, as an independent American public policy and grant-making institution, GMF continues to foster cooperation between the United States and Europe on the most pressing transatlantic issues, both inside and outside Europe’s changing borders.  GMF also continues strengthen democratic institutions in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

National & Community ServiceThe Corporation for National and Community Service
LFP Fellowship Placements:  Hind Al-Nadeh (Kuwait) and Imad Eddine Rachid (Morocco)
Website: http://www.nationalservice.gov/

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.CNCS plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. We are a catalyst for community solutions and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.

At a time of social need, CNCS and the network it supports engages more than 5 million Americans in results-driven service each year via 70,000 community and faith-based organizations. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, the Social Innovation Fund, United We Serve, and other programs, CNCS taps the power of citizens to improve lives, solve problems, strengthen communities, and build the capacity of the nonprofit sector.

Participants in CNCS programs mentor and tutor at-risk youth, rebuild communities struck by natural disasters, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and more. Based on principles of local control, competition, accountability, and public-private partnership, CNCS provides a “triple bottom line” return on investment: benefiting the recipients of service, the people who serve, and the larger community and nation.

Service Through CNCS Programs Strengthens Communities

National service participants have improved the lives of millions of our most vulnerable citizens by helping children learn to read, caring for seniors, rebuilding communities struck by disasters, helping veterans readjust to civilian life, and more. Tens of thousands of nonprofits and faith-based organizations have been able to increase their capacity and effectiveness thanks to trained and dedicated volunteers serving through CNCS programs.

The members and volunteers who serve in CNCS programs provide vital assistance to institutions and organizations that serve the public, including national and local nonprofits, schools, disaster relief groups, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations.

CNCS administers the following programs and initiatives to foster solutions that help mobilize other volunteers and build the capacity of organizations and communities to solve problems:

  • Senior Corps engages 300,000 Americans age 55 and older annually as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP volunteers.
  • AmeriCorps engages 80,000 men and women each year in intensive service to address education, poverty, health, disaster relief, and other critical issues, while mobilizing nearly 3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve.
  • Learn and Serve America engages hundreds of thousands of K-12 and college students annually in service learning connected to academic instruction.
  • The Social Innovation Fund promotes public and private investments in effective nonprofit organizations to help them replicate and expand to serve more low-income communities.
  • The Volunteer Generation Fund strengthens the nation’s civic infrastructure by helping nonprofits recruit, manage, and support more volunteers.
  • The Nonprofit Capacity Building Program increases the ability of nonprofits in resource-poor communities to implement performance management systems.
  • The Martin Luther King Day of Service supports community organizations in their efforts to engage local citizens in service on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday.
  • The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors colleges and universities for the commitment of their students, faculty, and staff to community service.
  • The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups, who worked to establish the charitable service day as a forward-looking way to honor 9/11 victims, survivors, and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

The end results of national service tell stories that reveal the benefits for the people involved with the service as well as the communities reached.

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