Stephen O. Staudigl
As the child of German immigrants, I have had a life-long appreciation of Germany. Growing up I was a member of the German-American Club of Rockland County (NY), where my parents were very involved with the club. I have fond memories of marching in New York City’s Steuben Day Parade, attending the Christmas party, and participating in other club activities.
I studied German in school, and as a history/international relations major tailored many term papers to a German-related theme. In 2000 I lived for three months with relatives in Bavaria, and am fortunate to be able to travel back to Germany regularly.
Living in Washington, DC provides many wonderful opportunities to learn more about Germany. I am a long-time member of the Friends of the Goethe Institut, where I’ve enjoyed numerous programs and events. The German Embassy; German Meet-Up; World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; and German Language Society, are just some of the organizations through which I’ve furthered my knowledge of German history and culture.
It was through the “Buddy Baer” contest in 2013 that I became an active member of the German-American Heritage Museum (I won Buddy who now sits proudly in my apartment). Over the past few years I’ve attended many programs including Frühschoppen, World Cup game watching events, exhibit openings, and lectures.
I serve as the Public Affairs Specialist with the National Capital Planning Commission, a federal agency in Washington. Previous volunteer roles included president of the Bucknell University Alumni Clubs in Cleveland and Washington. I am a graduate of the Urban Land Institute Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute.
As an active board member I support the efforts of the foundation and the museum to the best of my ability, particularly in regards to outreach efforts and furthering the museum’s presence in our nation’s capital.Stephen Staudigl