Göttingen-Hannover Chapter Chair

Christian J. Gross was elected the Chapter Chair for the newly named Goettingen-Hannover Chapter in 2019. He was born in Germany and grew up in Sandusky, Ohio. After high school Chris went on to pursue his undergraduate education at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he received his BS degree in geology. Here, Chris also began to acquire his political, historical and environmental awareness. After his studies he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he got his first taste of environmental activism, by working for the League of Conservation Voters. Moving south to Ashland, Oregon he first worked in an organic food store, and then landed a position as a geologist on the Rogue River National Forest conducting applied geohydrological research in the Big Butte Springs Watershed. After project completion, Chris moved back to Portland (where he also votes) to work for the Mt. Hood National Forest on various environmental and engineering geology projects.

In 1992, Chris moved to Goettingen, Germany, to continue his geological studies at the Georg-August University of Goettingen. This led him to do research in Austria (receiving a German Diplom degree) and Namibia, studying very ancient rocks for a comprehensive PhD dissertation. In 2007, along with his research Chris also started a geoscience editing and translation service.

“Being a geologist studying ancient rocks has given me a sense of deep geological time. Climate change and the drastic impact that humans have on the Earth in all its facets is what drives part of my political activity. Boiled down to all the ages of life on Earth, one can truly say that the Earth does not need humanity, but humanity needs the Earth. Let’s all go out and vote and create a Blue Wave to generate sweeping changes to our society for all future generations.”

Chris has been a member of Democrats Abroad since 2000 but became more actively involved when Goettingen hosted the Annual General Meeting in 2005.

  • New Leader Orientation 2021, Session 1 (AP/EMEA-friendly time)

    2021 New Leader Orientation (Session 1)

    (photo from the 2019 EMEA Regional Meeting in Athens)

    Saturday, 24 April 2021, 3:00-6:00 AM EDT (check your local time HERE)

    Newly-elected leaders are invited to attend a New Leader Orientation session, facilitated by the Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional teams.  Current leaders and volunteers are also welcome to join as a refresher, as are those who are candidates for local office where elections have not yet taken place.

    During this three-hour orientation, we will cover the following Democrats Abroad basics:

    • Our purpose, our organizational structure, and how we conduct business (45 minutes)
    • Our IT Team and key resources (30 minutes)
    • Our Comms Team and how we share our messages (20 minutes)
    • Our other teams and committees that support leaders and Country Committees (40 minutes)
    • Upcoming and regular regional and global meetings (20 minutes)

    There will also be a ten-minute break, along with Q&A opportunities.

    Please RSVP for the WebEx link.

    A second New Leader orientation session, covering the same topics, will also be held at an Americas/EMEA-friendly time on Saturday, 08 May between 12:00-3:00 PM EDT.  To register for that session, please visit this event page to RSVP.

    April 24, 2021 at 3am
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  • rsvped for IT ADMIN TRAINING - April 13, 2021 2021-03-22 09:10:54 -0400

    IT ADMIN TRAINING - April 13, 2021

    Tuesday April 13 2021
    10:00AM:Vancouver, 1:00PM:Toronto, 2:00PM:Buenos Aires, 7:00PM:Rome

    Overview of Membership Management, Email Administration, and WebPosting for Admins, Data Privacy Explained, and more!

    All countries' admins - new, current and experienced -  are welcome!
    RSVP below to receive meeting details.



    April 13, 2021 at 7pm
    WebEx -ONLINE
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  • Monthly Meeting & Spotlight Saxony w/ Kevin Lyle

    Nothing To Hide (Part 1): Real Time Communication

    Join us for our first-ever Spotlight Saxony talk, our recently launched series of member-led discussions. Our first speaker is our very own Communications Coordinator, Kevin Lyle.

    The talk will be an introduction to digital privacy and data security within real-time communication apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal – and why it matters.

    An updated description is coming soon!

    We welcome any and all who wish to attend the discussion.

    April 11, 2021 at 2pm
    Please RSVP to receive the link
    Zoom Zoom
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  • rsvped for Göttingen-Hannover Spring Chapter Meeting 2021-03-15 16:31:01 -0400

    Göttingen-Hannover Spring Chapter Meeting

    Come join us for the Göttingen-Hannover Spring Chapter Meeting on Sunday, April 18th at 3pm! This is a wonderful opportunity to recap all that we accomplished in 2020 and review the goals for our chapter for 2021. We also hope to hear from you so we can shape the chapter together and help to meet the interests and needs of all of our members. If you haven't already, please fill our Member Interest Survey HERE!

    At our meeting we'll:

    - Recap the AGM and the chapter activities in 2020

    - Review the results of our Member Interest Survey

    - Discuss Chapter and Precinct goals/events for the coming year

    - Give an update on National and Global work to protect Voting Rights and States Outreach & let you know what action you can take

    - Have time for open discussion


    Please RSVP at the link below to receive the Zoom link for the meeting!






    April 18, 2021 at 3pm
    Göttingen, Lower Saxony
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  • donated via 2020-09-10 08:11:20 -0400

    Global Black Caucus For The Win


    Help Democrats Abroad Global Black Caucus fight for our democracy in 2021 and beyond.

    Donations of any size will help us "Get Out the Vote" and support the Biden/Harris Administration in the mid-term elections.



    Donations are to Democrats Abroad (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) and not to any candidate for Federal Office.


  • donated via 2020-06-14 15:06:43 -0400


    Dialing for Democracy is a calling marathon
    and global Democrats Abroad fundraiser.

    Phonebankers will make as many calls as they can to DA members to ask them to request their absentee ballots. Calls will be made from 9:00am to 9:00pm CEST on Flag Day, June 14. Generous sponsors like yourself will push our callers to reach our calling goals and provide the critical funds to keep our voter outreach going strong through November 3! 

    DONORS: If you are sponsoring a specific caller, BEFORE you select an amount, write the caller's name in the box at left!

    Donate $50 and you’re sponsoring 200 calls! 
    $10—40 calls   $25—100 calls   $100—400 calls 
    $250—1000 calls   $500—2000 calls   $1000—4000 calls

    Democrats Abroad will be making 100,000s of calls this year, and your contribution will help make this outreach possible.

    Thank you! We appreciate your support!

    Don’t forget to check in on how the calls are going on Facebook Live from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on June 14 on the DA Germany Facebook page.  

    For a full overview of the call-a-thon, click here.



    Donations will be going to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (Democrats Abroad) and not to any candidate for federal office.

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