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Vanessa Beary

Dr. Vanessa BearyYL 2016

Executive director

Dr. Vanessa Beary was appointed executive director of the American Swiss Foundation in 2023. Dr. Beary, who participated in the 2016 Young Leaders Conference hosted by Syngenta in Basel, began working for the Foundation in 2018.


As executive director, Dr. Beary works together with the Foundation’s Co-Chairs, Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. and Markus U. Diethelm, and the Foundation’s Board of Directors to strengthen the longstanding friendship between the United States and Switzerland.


Dr. Beary's background is in international education, development, and diplomacy. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as a Senior Advisor for Youth Entrepreneurship in the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business. She began her career working for the U.S. Department of Defense and received the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, the third highest public honor that the Army can grant to a civilian, for her work in Iraq.


Dr. Beary holds an Ed.D. from Harvard University, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a B.A. with honors from Brown University. She currently serves on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association.

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Katie Everly

Director of Programs and Communications

Katie manages programs and communications for the American Swiss Foundation, ultimately advancing the mission of the ASF to connect and engage leaders from the United States and Switzerland. She manages existing programs, such as the Annual Gala in New York City, the annual Young Leaders Conference, quarterly ASF CONNECT virtual programs, the Gallatin Forum in Washington, D.C., semi-annual Building Bridges Conferences in both Switzerland and the United States, and the Great American Speaker Series in Switzerland. Katie also supports building a pipeline of new program opportunities for members of the ASF.

Prior to joining the ASF, Katie spent over 15 years in the private sector working for large corporations including UnitedHealth Group and Blackboard, Inc. Her background in project management, leading teams, and designing and executing programs is an asset to the ASF and its next phase of growth.

Katie holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and resides on Capitol Hill with her husband and two sons.

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Arielle miller

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Arielle supports the overall administration of the American Swiss Foundation. She oversees external audit; insurance and annual compliance reporting; annual reporting requirements; compliance and internal policies. Arielle directly supports the Executive Director with the ASF's membership program, including both corporate membership and individual, and with grant-writing opportunities.

Arielle has worked in the public sector for over five years, supporting operations and administration at the federal judiciary level and at the local level at U.S. public schools. Arielle most recently served as deputy and judicial assistant to the Honorable Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to her three-year term of service with the judge, she taught in underserved elementary schools in Cleveland as a Teach For America 2017 corps member. Arielle acquired her earliest professional experience in commercial real estate as an intern at Artemis Real Estate Partners and Forest City Enterprises and as a Development Analyst at The JBG Companies (now JBG-Smith).

Arielle holds a B.A. in History from Yale University. 

Bella Way

Bella Way

PROGRAM Assistant

Bella supports communications & marketing, event coordination, membership & development, and fundraising. She assists with writing and publications, including: social media, invitations, press releases, annual reports, and the weekly newsletter. Prior to joining the American Swiss Foundation, Bella interned for Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Bella holds an M.A.  from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.