Lorie Nierenberg

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2015

Lorie Nierenberg OfficeIn recognition of  contributions over a distinguished 23-year career with the United States Information Agency (USIA) and the Department of State as Attorney-Advisor for Public Diplomacy in the Office of the Legal Advisor, providing consistently valuable and insightful advice in a time when the number and complexity of issues are growing steadily. Her own experience as an exchange student in Germany has informed her guidance and the insights essential to producing Fulbright agreements that support US policy goals and meet bilateral priorities. In the 1990s, she played a central role in resolving the legal ramifications of merging USIA into State; this was an achievement of immeasurable importance, as her efforts created the structure that supports all the work now done by ECA every day.

Michael Weider

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2014

MikeWeider1-e1417984434144-300x255In recognition of 27 years of dedication to the goals of US cultural diplomacy. The grants process he oversees—as Division Chief of the Program Management Branch in the Executive Office of ECA/IIP—is the engine that powers ECA work and programs. He is honored for his intense commitment to the ECA mission, his mastery of complex management processes and his devotion to serving and helping his colleagues.

Julia Walters

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2013

Julia Walters (Ilchman-Richardson)In recognition of her work as a Senior Program Officer in the Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In particular, Walters won the award for invigorating and modernizing English language programs by recruiting and supporting top English Language Fellows and English Teaching Assistants who serve abroad, and for her cultural sensitivity, integrity and generosity. Walters died soon after receiving this award; in her memory, the Roth Endowment contributed her prize to her daughter’s education fund. (Julia Walters Obituary)

Chris Miner

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2012

In recognition of her career‐long achievements in cultural diplomacy, including her efforts in support of the high‐profile US‐Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.

Patricia Ehrnman

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2011

In recognition of her work as the liaison between the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Marianne Craven

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2010

In recognition of her contribution as the managing director of academic programs for the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Robert Persiko

Ilchman-Richardson Award, 2008

In recognition of two decades as chief of ECA youth programs and his “leadership in developing and sustaining new models of youth exchange programs.”