Board of Trustees

In collaboration with the Head of School and with the support of the German Consul General, the School’s Board provides fiscal oversight and establishes strategic priorities to further the mission of the school.

Elected Board Members:

Board Members in an Advisory Capacity and Permanent Invitees:

Permanent Invitee:

Guests at Board Meetings:

Honorary Members:

Bodo Reinisch

Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Co-Founder and founding Treasurer; Chairman & President, 2009 – 2013
Member of the Board of Trustees, 2000 – 2002 and 2008 – 2013

Ernst Richard Matthiensen

Co-Founder and founding Chairman & President
Member of the Board of Trustees, 2000-2006

Ann Fissler

IDP-Investments, Boston

Stefan G. Tullius, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Joseph E. Murray, MD, Distinguished Chair in Transplant Surgery
Member of the Board of Trustees: 2008-2020, Chair and President: 2013-2020

Guido Goldman, In Memoriam

Director Emeritus of the Study of Germany and Europe, Harvard University
Co-Chair of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Marietta Lutze Sackler, In Memoriam

Co-owner of Dr. Kade Pharmazeutische Fabrik GmbH, Berlin

John Silber, In Memoriam

President Emeritus, Boston University

Contact the Board

To contact the elected members of the Board of Trustees, please send an email to

Responsibilities of the Board

The Board of Trustees is a group of elected community members who serve as the governing and executive body and ensure financial stability by overseeing the school’s budget. The Board of Trustees is composed of seven elected members and three non-voting members, the German Consul General, the Delegate of the Consul General, and the Head of School. 

GISB is organized as a non-profit membership organization and, as such, elects its board members at the school’s annual membership meeting. To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Board and the annual membership meeting, please see the GISB by-laws.

GISB by-laws (English version)

GISB by-laws (German version)

To view GISB’s Code of Ethics, please click here.

Serve as a Member of the Board

We encourage all our community members to learn more about the work of the Board of Trustees and appreciate everyone who is considering to run for office. Board members are elected for three years. Terms are staggered, which means approximately three out of seven board positions are up for election each year. Board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings as well as serve on board committees. The board also plays a crucial role in the school’s fundraising activities. To learn more about serving as a board member, please refer to the GISB Board of Trustees FAQs.

Board members are elected at the annual membership meeting. Detailed information about application deadlines and other important dates is communicated through the school’s newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact the Head of Administration at