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Gahl Hodges Burt

Board Member

Gahl Burt joined IRI’s Board of Directors in 2000 and is currently vice chair of the American Academy in Berlin, an institute she co-founded in 1997 with the late Richard Holbrooke, bringing American scholars to Germany for residency and research.  Burt started her career in the civil service at the U.S. State Department in 1973, where she served as a personal assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and then as assistant chief of protocol.  In 1983, she became White House social secretary to President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, serving in that post until 1985 when she moved to Germany.  Burt also serves on the board of The List Project and the Polyphony Foundation.  She is also involved in a water and sewage project in the Kidron Valley.  Burt and her husband sponsor three young Afghan women who are attending university in the U.S.

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