Emily Benson joined the Bertelsmann Foundation in January 2019 as Manager of Transatlantic Legislative Relations. Her primary work is running the Congressional European Parliamentary Initiative (CEPI).

Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Foundation, Emily occupied several roles in the foreign policy arena, including fighting the illicit trade of art from conflict zones and working at an international law firm specialized in sanctions and foreign corrupt practices law. She was also a trainee at the European Delegation to the United States, where she worked on trade defense mechanisms and digital trade issues.

She holds a master’s degree from the University of Geneva, where she focused on American trade relations. During her graduate studies, she was the national secretary for the Switzerland chapter of Democrats Abroad, a position that enabled her to maintain close ties to U.S. domestic politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Colorado.

A native Midwesterner, she has lived in France, Indonesia, and Switzerland and is fluent in French.

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