The Seattle Warburg Chapter, which was founded in 2012, brings together individuals interested in the transatlantic relationship through policy discussions and lectures.
The Chapter has close ties to the German American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Trade Development Alliance, German Heritage Society, Arion Gesangverein, Enzian Schuhplattler, Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, Seattle Chamber Singers, and Jewish organizations like Stroum Jewish Community Center, American Jewish Committee, and Music of Remembrance. It also partners with the Seattle World Affairs Council.
In recent years, the Chapter has expanded its activity to offer more than ten events annually. In 2016, Seattle hosted speakers such as Tiglet Aslan, Managing Director and Advisor of Deekeling Arndt Advisors in Communications GmbH; Jürgen Hardt, Member of the German Bundestag and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group; and Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld, Head of the Director’s Staff at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Speakers have spoken on a variety of topics from the Brexit, to tensions in the Middle-East, to climate change, to the rise of populism.
About the Chapter Director
Honorary Consul of the
Federal Republic of Germany
Petra Heussβner-Walker was born in Wuppertal and met her husband, Don Walker, while working in a bank in Cologne. She moved to Washington State in 1986. She served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington, and is a former Board Chair. She has also been a member of the German American Chamber of Commerce. She works closely with the German Consulate in San Francisco. In 2006, she received the German-American Friendship Award and in 2007, she was named Honorary Consul of Germany. In 2014, she was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the German Medal of Merit. Since 2013, she has been a Board Member of Music of Remembrance.