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 2017, the Chapter hosted speakers such as Dr. Cornelia Schu, Managing Director of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) and Director of the Expert Council’s Research Unit; Benjamin Rohe, Co-Founder of Germantech Digital and Founding Managing Director of the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC); Anja Weher-Schoeck, Resident Director of the Jordan and Iraq Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in Amman, Jordan; Dr. Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow Associate at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and Scientific Advisor to the Kuwait Chair at Sciences Po in Paris; Ambassador Thomas Matussek, Former Senior German Diplomat and Senior Advisor at Flint Global in Berlin; Dr. Jan Philipp Burgard, Washington, D.C. Correspondent and Deputy Bureau Chief of the German TV network ARD; Dr. Sebastian Voigt, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin; and Dr. Alexander Görlach, Affiliate Professor at Harvard University College.
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.