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Councilmember Spencer Receives Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Oct 12, 2023

Cleveland (Oct. 12, 2023) – Councilmember Jenny Spencer has been selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellowship recipient and is spending 21 days traveling in Germany, Moldova, Italy, Belgium and Washington, D.C.

The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is a program of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States, which was founded in 1972, 25 years after the establishment of the Marshall Plan which provided aid to Western Europe after the end of World War II. The fellowship is generously paid for by GMF as well as contributors such as The Cleveland Foundation.

Councilmember Spencer will be traveling with eight Americans from all different sectors including government, business and non-profit. Together, they will explore GMF program areas including the Alliance for Securing Democracy and GMF Cities while participating in cultural exchange. 

"As the United States prepares to enter the 2024 Presidential election cycle, this trip is particularly timely to help leaders understand autocratic influences and foreign interference in elections," says Councilmember Spencer. "In addition, GMF Cities programming will be a chance to be exposed to fresh new ideas and innovations happening in cities across Europe, and for me to bring my findings back home. I'm incredibly honored to represent Cleveland as a Marshall Memorial Fellow."

Councilmember Spencer leaves for the fellowship on Oct. 13th. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship was created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, but was expanded to prepare leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations. For more information about the German Marshall Fund, visit