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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.

Isabella Kiedrowski

Administrative Assistant
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Isabella Kiedrowski was raised in a German-speaking home, and had a very traditionally German upbringing. A first-generation American, she remains firmly connected to her family’s European roots.

Isabella has worked in museums since 2015, when she started as a curatorial intern at the Evanston History Center in Evanston, IL. More recently, she was a research intern at the Maryland State Archives, as well as a Teaching Assistant in the music department at St. John’s College.  

A recent graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., Isabella also holds a Certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University, and hopes to pursue further degrees in Dress & Textile History. She is excited to join the GAHM, where she looks forward to combining her twin passions for German culture and museum administration.

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