Bundestag Staffers

Katharina Emschermann
Foreign Policy Adviser
Office of Jürgen Trittin (Alliance 90/The Greens)

In April 2015, Katharina Emschermann began working for Jürgen Trittin, former German Secretary for the Environment and current member of the German Bundestag and the Foreign Affairs Committee, as his foreign policy adviser. She covers international relations, particularly, issues concerning transatlantic relations, NATO, the G7 and the G20. Emschermann is also a third-year PhD student at the University of Bremen. Her dissertation is on the evolution of public justifications for (non) intervention in humanitarian crises. From 2011 to 2014, she was a research associate at the Collaborative Research Center in Bremen on its “Transformations of the State” project, where she analyzed the internationalization and privatization processes in security policy.

Emschermann has studied in Regensburg, Paris and Berlin. She holds an M.A. in international relations from the Free University Berlin. In 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in Washington.

Franziska Gross
Office of Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer, Speaker for Economic and Energy Policy (CDU/CSU)

Franziska Gross currently works for Dr. Joachim Pfeiffer MdB, the speaker for Economic and Energy Policy of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag. She chiefly focuses on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other trade agreements given Pfeiffer’s membership in the CDU/CSU’s TTIP Working Group, which deals with all different aspects relevant for the negotiations on TTIP. Gross is a political scientist and majored in North American studies, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy.

Dr. Stephan Hesselmann
Senior Economic Adviser
Office of Dr. Michael Fuchs MP, Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU

Since 2010, Dr. Stephan Hesselmann has served as Senior Economic Adviser to Dr. Michael Fuchs MP, Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. Between 2007 and 2009, he was head of the Maritime industry division at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin. From 2000 to 2007, he served as senior specialist and head of division for economic and technological affairs, as well as financial markets policy for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Counsellor with the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the OECD in Paris. From 1993 to 1998, he was a senior specialist on economic and technological policy for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in Bonn.

Hesselmann holds a Ph.D. and master´s degree in economics from the University of Bonn, as well as a B.S. in business administration and accounting from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is also a certified public accountant in Washington.

Wolfgang Mueller
Energy and Economy Adviser
Social Democratic Party (SPD)

Wolfgang Mueller serves in the SPD Parliamentary Group of the German Bundestag as a senior special adviser. He is in charge of the group’s work on TTIP negotiations, the budget of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Brussels economic issues.

Mueller studied at Bonn University in Germany and Columbia University in New York City, where he earned a master of international affairs. He has eight years of experience working in the Middle East and Western Europe. Since May 1990, Mueller has been special adviser for the SPD-Parliamentary Group in the West German Bundestag. From June to October 1990, he served as special adviser for the East German SPD-Volkskammer Parliamentary Group in East Berlin to coordinate the unification process in the field of the foreign and security policy.

Ilka Wege
Policy Adviser
Office of Kerstin Andreae (Alliance 90/The Greens)

Ilka Wege has been working as a policy adviser in the German Bundestag since 1999. From 1999 to 2009 she worked for Christine Scheel MdB, then-Chairwoman of the Financial Committee at the German Bundestag and spokeswoman for financial affairs of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group. Afterwards, she began working for Kerstin Andreae MdB, the Green Party spokeswoman on economic affairs and member of the Committee on Economics and Energy, as well as member of the Study Commission on Economic Growth, Personal Wellbeing, and Quality of Life. She currently works for Kerstin Andreae, in her capacity as vice chairwoman of the parliamentary group of Alliance 90/The Greens. Wege studied economics at the “Hochschule für Ökonomie” in Berlin; she graduated in 1990 with a degree in economics.

Congressional Staffers

Rocco DiCicco
Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA)

Rocco DiCicco was born and raised in Fresno, California. He attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and a minor in international affairs. DiCicco joined the office of Congressman Devin Nunes in 2013 and began his current position of Legislative Assistant in January 2015. He focuses primarily on international trade, agriculture, and judiciary and immigration issues. In addition to his work on Capitol Hill, DiCicco attends American University Washington College of Law on a part-time basis and is expected to graduate with a Juris Doctor in 2016.

Anderson Heiman
International Competitiveness and Innovation Adviser
Senate Finance Committee
Office of Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Anderson Heiman is a policy adviser to Senator Ron Wyden, top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee and senior senator from Oregon. He advises Wyden primarily on technology and trade policy.

Elaina Houser
Economic Policy Adviser
Office of Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ)

Elaina Houser currently serves as economic policy adviser, handling tax, trade, labor and financial services policy for Ways and Means Committee member Bill Pascrell, Jr., of New Jersey’s ninth congressional district. Prior to serving in Congressman Pascrell’s office, Houser worked on tax and budget issues for Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and ranking member on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Houser began her career on Capitol Hill as assistant to the chief of staff in Senator Al Franken’s office. She took time off in 2012 to coordinate get-out-the-vote operations for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign in central Ohio. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Houser completed her Bachelor’s Degree in communications, law, economics and government (Interdisciplinary Studies) at American University in Washington.

Sophia Lafargue
Chief of Staff
Office of Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY)

Sophia Lafargue is chief of staff to Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York’s 1st congressional district. Her policy portfolio includes all international trade and foreign affairs issues with special emphasis on trade capacity building in emerging economies and the linkages between geopolitics and economic policy. For over a decade, Lafargue has actively supported the advancement of all major trade legislation in Congress.

Since 2005, Lafargue has been the top trade adviser and primary leadership liaison for Meeks, who is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee; ranking member on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats; and co-chair of the Friends of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Caucus. Lafargue is a graduate of Queens College – City University of New York and Harvard University.

Sylvia Lee
Legislative Aide
Office of Congressman John Larson (D-CT)

Sylvia Lee is a legislative staffer for Ways and Means Committee member John Larson of Connecticut’s 1st congressional district. She covers trade, financial services, small business, housing, agriculture, government oversight and part of the health care portfolio. Prior to joining Larson’s legislative office, she worked for the House Democratic Caucus, helping to organize weekly member meetings and the annual National Issues Conference.

Lee previously worked for then-Governor Tim Kaine at his Moving Virginia Forward PAC in Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in American politics.

European Parliament Staffers

Myriam Gistelinck
Political Adviser
Office of Bernd Lange (Germany) (S&D)

Myriam Gistelinck is a political adviser to German MEP Bernd Lange, chairman of the International Trade Committee and rapporteur of the European Parliament on TTIP. Previously, Gistelinck worked as a trade adviser for the Socialist and Democrat Group in the European Parliament.

Gistelinck studied law and politics at Leuven University and has worked on trade issues throughout her academic and professional career. After completing her master’s degree, she worked on trade and development research at Leuven University, and on international investment issues at Oxfam International.

Gistelinck is politically active in her home city of Brussels. She is a member of the Governing Board of the regional government agency responsible for social housing in the city, and a member of the board of a local community center. She is also the chair of the local party branch of the social-democrat party in Etterbeek.

Miriam Korteweg
International Trade Committee of the European Parliament (INTA)

Miriam Korteweg is an administrator at the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament. She has been working with legislation and international agreements in the European Parliament since 2004, specializing in the areas of intellectual property rights protection, trade agreements and data flows. She previously tutored at law school and worked as legal adviser in the Slovak Parliament. In 1998, she obtained her law degree from The Hague Academy of International Law and European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), where she focused on international and EU law.

Julia Lindemann
Chief of Staff
Office of David McAllister (Germany) (EPP)

Julia Lindemann works as chief of staff to David McAllister, with respect to his role as chair of the Delegation for the Relations with the United States, the Committee for Constitutional affairs, and the Delegation for Relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In her current capacity, Lindemann is responsible for topics relating to the United Kingdom (elections, referendum, negotiations and demands).

Lindemann became a lawyer in February 2004 and worked in a law firm in Peine, Germany until she began working in the European Parliament as head of office for Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Mayer, MEP, in September 2004. In that position she worked on legal issues in the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) and the Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) until June 2014.

In addition to her native German, Lindemann speaks English, French and Dutch fluently. She has been published in legal magazines and is co-author of the book, “Small Claims Regulation” (CH Beck: 2009).

Willem Steketee
Office of Marietje Schaake (The Netherlands) (ALDE)

Willem Steketee works for Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch social liberal party, D66. He supports Schaake in her work in the Trade Committee and as the vice chair for the Delegation for Relations with the United States. He studied history and international relations in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where he researched the interaction between failed states and armed non-state actors and policy implications. During his studies Steketee completed an internship at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the Security Policy department, focusing on weapons export control and non-proliferation.

Paweł Wiśniewski
Political Adviser
Office of Professor Dariusz Rosati (Poland) (EPP)

Paweł Wiśniewski is a political adviser to Professor Dariusz Rosati, Member of the European Parliament and the former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. He focuses on macroeconomic issues, working closely with the Parliamentary Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. He also works on EU foreign affairs, especially EU-U.S. relations and the Eastern Partnership.

Wiśniewski holds a dual master’s degree in international relations from Humboldt University in Berlin, Free University in Berlin, Potsdam University and the Russian Moscow State Institute of International Relations. During his studies and internships, he focused on EU foreign policy toward its Eastern neighbors, with particular emphasis on trade, energy and democracy promotion.