Gahl Burt is Chairman of the American Academy in Berlin, an institute she co-founded in 1997 with the late Richard Holbrooke, bringing American scholars to Germany for residency and research.
Ms. Burt started her career in the civil service at the US State Department in 1973, where she served as a personal assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and then Assistant Chief of Protocol until 1983. In 1983, she became White House Social Secretary to President and Mrs. Reagan, and served in that post until 1985 when she moved to Germany where her husband was US Ambassador.
Ms. Burt sits on the board of the International Republican Institute, a democracy promotion institution, and The List Project, an institution dedicated to protecting and relocating Iraqis who have worked with the US Government and whose lives are in danger. Additonally, Ms. Burt is the sponsor of 3 Afghan teenage girls who live and go to school here in the United States.
She is also the developer of AirDrawer a unique, and patented, system whereby personality is connected to one's individual handwriting.
Ms. Burt graduated from Wesley College in 1973 and has two children.