Dr. A. Wess Mitchell previously served as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with the 50 countries of Europe and Eurasia, as well as the institutions of NATO, the EU and OSCE. Prior to joining the State Department, Mitchell cofounded and served as President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). During the 2012 Presidential campaign, Mitchell served on the national security team of Gov. Mitt Romney. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors at CEPA, is a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Non-Resident Fellow in the Applied History Project Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center.
Peter Rollberg is Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies, and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University. He is also Co-Chair of the Academic Council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Rollberg grew up in Halberstadt, Germany, and in Moscow. He was formerly director of the GWU Honors Program, director of the GWU Film Studies Program, Chair of the German and Slavic Department, and Chair of the Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Rollberg is author and editor of numerous works.
Marion Smith is a civil society leader and expert in international affairs, and has been executive director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation since March 2014. He is also founding president of the Common Sense Society, an international foundation that promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership virtues among young professionals in the United States and Europe. Marion is a native of South Carolina and chairman of the National Civic Art Society. He was previously a visiting fellow at the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at the Heritage Foundation.