Treasurer, Basel Chapter

I am proud to serve as Treasurer of Democrats Abroad Basel. In this role, I ensure clear and accurate financial reporting and sound compliance with the applicable rules for our finances. I also serve on the DA Basel leadership team, contributing to the work of DA Basel to register voters and represent Americans living abroad. 
 
The latest elections have underscored that every vote counts, and that the democratic process cannot be taken for granted. For representative government to work, all of us need to play our part. As Americans living abroad, we have a unique, international perspective on our home country - but also face challenges in exercising our voting rights. DA helps to support the 9 million Americans living abroad. It also serves as a community of American expats to meet each other and our international families and friends. In Basel we have a very active chapter that brings people together, from Thanksgiving dinner to hikes and tax talks. It is a pleasure to take part along with an excellent and committed leadership team.
 
About me: born and raised in the Seattle area, I have voted from abroad in Washington state since 2006. Even as I have moved around Europe - in the UK, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and Switzerland - I have always felt a strong bond with my home town and country. I follow local, state and federal politics back home, where my parents, grandma, brother and extended family still live. My German/Finnish wife and I have two children - who will also be voters someday. I am a third-generation graduate of the University of Washington, and I hold an M.A. from the University of Munich, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Groningen. I work as an economist, and have previously worked at a central bank, a university and in the private sector. I was previously active in the Young Democrats at UW and Democrats Abroad in The Netherlands.