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Katja Sipple, MA, MIS

Executive Director

Katja Sipple comes to the German-American Heritage Foundation with more than 15 years of experience in non-profit organizations. After her undergraduate studies in Virginia, she pursued a master’s degree in political science at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg, where she also began her career as a journalist for a daily newspaper.

After returning to the United States, Ms. Sipple was responsible for media relations at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga. before moving to Seattle, Wash. where she was director of media relations for the University of Washington School of Law. In 2005, she moved back to the East Coast, and established an outreach and development program at the German School Washington, DC while simultaneously pursuing another master’s degree in international relations at American University. She has ample experience in fundraising and membership management. Ms. Sipple is married and has a daughter.

Sam Baker

Administrative Assistant
Sam Baker joined the German-American Heritage Museum team in September of 2022. Born and raised in the Atlanta suburbs into a German-American family, Sam has always been interested in deepening her connection to her family’s roots. She began learning German in high school and credits South Forsyth’s German program for her passion for the language. She went on to study at Kennesaw State University, earning her BA in Modern Language and Culture, with a focus in Applied Business German. 
During Sam’s undergraduate career, she also studied at Universität Paderborn and served as a TA in their English and American Department. In the summer of 2019, Ms. Baker was selected by the Joachim Herz Stiftung to take part in their internship placement program. With support of the international nonprofit organization Cultural Vistas, she was placed at Berlin Start-Up Grace Accelerator. 
Following her recent relocation here, Sam is excited to jump right into the DC German scene.

Christine Yang

Administrative Director

As a native of Austria, Mrs. Yang joined the organization in 2011 as an Accountant and Administrative Assistant. With 20 years of experience in this field, she is responsible for managing all administrative functions in the day-to-day operations, maintaining the financial records, and handling Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable in Quickbooks.

Mrs. Yang is married and has two grown children.

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