American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

A Professional Partner of The

Alexander von Humboldt - Foundation



Eric Borden (2012-13)
Eric graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2006, with a degree in finance and entrepreneurship. He completed his Masters in Public Affiars at the University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in energy policy. His professional experience includes work in litigation and business consulting in Chicago with several engagements in the energy industry. His German Chancellor Fellowship research will focus on energy storage with a particular emphasis on its integration with renewable energy. The research will be based out of Berlin with the support of the DIW Berlin.

Piper Foster (2009-10)
Piper is interested in bringing best practices in sustainability to small towns across the American Rockies. With a BA in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, and credit toward her certificate in Financial Planning, she seeks out successful financial models, public policies, and creative practices in the sustainability space. These ideas are then provided to decision makers via films, conferences and publications via her leadership at the Aspen-based Sopris Foundation. During her year as a German Chancellor Fellow, Piper will conduct research on the role of land-use planning in the assimilation of renewable energy technologies throughout Germany, with a focus on Bavaria. Her host institution is Ecologic. (7/2/09)

Loni Gardner (2010-11)
Loni S. Gardner, Esq. is an attorney at a New England based law firm where she is a member of the environmental and litigation practice areas. Her practice includes siting and permitting traditional and renewable energy development projects. Ms. Gardner earned a J.D. from Pace University School of Law, earning both environmental and international law certificates. Ms. Gardner also earned a Master’s of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Ms. Gardner earned her B.S. with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Chemistry. As a Humboldt fellow, Ms. Gardner will work at Ecologic Institute in Berlin on energy and climate projects. Through these projects, Ms. Gardner expects to become familiar with Germany’s energy and climate policies and understand how they are integrated at the national, EU, and international levels. Specifically, Ms. Gardner expects to understand Germany’s domestic renewable energy and efficiency laws and policies, and the impact of the EU superstructure on Germany’s domestic energy and climate policies. Ms. Gardner also seeks to understand Germany’s international energy and climate strategy. By comparative analysis, Ms. Gardner will also have increased insight into the U.S.’s climate strategy and policies. (5/6/10)

Emmeline Kao (2012-2013)
Emmeline Kao graduated from Princeton University, where she majored in mechanical and aerospace engineering and worked as an undergraduate researcher. Her passion has always been solving energy problems using mechanical engineering principles. For her senior thesis, she researched electrolyte solutions for application in magnesium batteries. After her year in Germany, Emmeline returned to the U.S. and is now a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley. With the support of the German Chancellor Fellowship, she will be working with Fraunhofer IWES on dynamic controls systems to stabilize wind turbine platforms. By doing so, Emmeline and the team at Fraunhofer will aim to find a more effective way to implement offshore wind farms by using deep water area. Her work will include designing control algorithms, testing in small scale water channels, and analysis of the final system. She will also be doing part time work in a wind farm company. (7/10/17)

Kari Moshenberg (2007-08)

Geoffrey Painter (2002-03)
Geoff is an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, where he practices environmental and natural resources law in Portland, Oregon. He was previously a litigation associate with the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP, practicing in the firm’s San Francisco office. Prior to participating in the German Chancellor Fellowship Program, Geoff earned master’s degrees in Environmental & Ecological Sciences and Policy Studies in the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar, and he was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar in 1999. During his year in Germany (2002-03), he conducted cross-national research on environmental indicator systems at the Technische Universität in Munich. Geoff graduated from the University of Portland (B.S. Civil Engineering) in 2000 and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2006. (10/19/11)

Nathaniel Scheer (2008-09)
Nathaniel Scheer is currently the Transatlantic Program Coordinator and a FU Fellow at the Environmental Policy Research Center (FFU) at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on finding sustainable policy solutions by encouraging the collaboration and sharing of ideas between the United States and Germany. Starting in 2010 he joined the PhD research program at the FU Berlin. From 2008 until 2009 he was a German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining FFU, Nathaniel was an Energy and Environmental Policy Advisor at the Maryland General Assembly. He advises both government and think tanks on energy and environmental issues and designs workshops and seminars to promote sustainable solutions. (2/15/10)

Matthew Tisdale (2013-14)
Matthew Tisdale serves as an Energy Policy Analyst and Advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission. His work focuses on the advancement of California’s clean energy agenda, including the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, demand response, and smart grids. As a German Chancellor Fellow, Matthew researched private investment in Germany’s renewable energy sector and facilitated collaboration between German and Californian policy makers. (6/18/14)