Patricia Schramm

Patricia SchrammYL 1999


Patricia Schramm has devoted her career to promoting dialogue between the United States and Switzerland. She joined the American Swiss Foundation as its President in 2003. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded programming, membership and financial support, now serving more than 1,400 alumni of the Young Leaders Conference and hundreds of senior business and political leaders in both countries. From 1996 to 2002, she was Cultural Attaché of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, and she served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute. Formerly, she worked for Novartis in New York

A graduate of the University of Zürich, Mrs. Schramm holds a Master's degree in English, Philosophy, and German Literature. She was a Visiting Student at Harvard College, a Fellow of the Remarque Forum (New York University) and a participant in the 1999 Young Leaders Conference of the American Swiss Foundation. A dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland, she lives in the New York area with her husband, American photographer Frank Schramm, and their three college-aged children.

Vanessa Beary

Vanessa BearyYL 2016

Vice President

Vanessa is an alumna of ASF's 2016 Young Leaders Conference. She works closely with the President to develop and implement strategic outreach to members and alumni of the Young Leaders Conference, organize and execute events for members and donors, and manage relationships with the media and general public. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Brown University, and University of Cambridge, and currently serves on the board of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Vanessa's background is in international education, development, and diplomacy and she has experience in war zones and austere environments with the U.S. Departments of Defense and State. Vanessa spent thirteen months in Khujand, Tajikistan conducting her dissertation research as a Fulbright Fellow, lecturing at the Tajik State University of Commerce and Trade, and launching a social enterprise. She was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the Department of Defense, the third highest public honor that the Army can grant to a civilian, for her work in Iraq.


Sarah Kaufmann

PROGRAM manager switzerland

Based in Zurich, Sarah implements programs and operations in Switzerland and supports membership outreach and fundraising. She is also responsible for executing the marketing and communications strategy. 

Sarah holds degrees in Social Political Science and International Relations from the University of Technology Sydney and was a Visiting Student of the University of Zurich and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She previously worked for the British Embassy in Bern and for WorldSkills International. A dual Swiss-Irish citizen, she speaks German, English, and Italian. She also holds multiple Swiss national records in Powerlifting. 


Rachael Reardon

PROGRAM Coordinator

Rachael implements and assists in developing communications through website maintenance and a continued social media presence. In addition, she supports event planning and execution, fundraising, and member engagement.

Rachael graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and French Language Arts.

Bella Way

Bella Way

PROGRAM Assistant

Bella assists with communications, website maintenance, advertising, and social media. In addition, she supports fundraising, scheduling, and event planning, to promote member engagement.

Bella graduated with a MA degree in European Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and holds a BA degree in Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.