It’s time for a new beginning: the Berlin chapter elections for 2021-2023 officers will take place this Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 7pm. RSVP and scroll down for more details on candidates.

This is the last email newsletter from the Berlin chapter’s current leadership team. We’re looking forward to electing our successors on Wednesday. Here are a few words of farewell from each of us.

Diego Rivas, Chair

Resilient, opinionated, and progressive, the Berlin Chapter of Democrats Abroad has grown so much these past four years. Not only has our membership doubled, but we have taken important and sustainable steps forward by implementing an elected chapter board and developing our kiez captain network. This was only possible thanks to all of the volunteers and their passion for change. We did our part in getting ‘45’ out of the White House and winning the House and Senate. I will fondly remember the laughs, lessons, discussions (yes, sometimes heated), but most importantly the community spirit of people from all walks of life uniting for a greater cause. It has been a pleasure. I am sincerely looking forward to seeing the chapter continue to grow and to keep in touch with everyone – see you at the next possible pub night.

Emily Lines, Vice Chair

This has been a wild 4 years and I can’t believe that my time as Vice Chair is coming to an end. I enjoyed working with everyone here in Berlin and I am impressed and proud of all the work and time all of our volunteers contributed. I hope that everyone continues to remain engaged and I look forward to continuing to work with the Berlin chapter in the years to come!

Amy Herr, GOTV Coordinator

It has been a wonderful four years volunteering as Events and GOTV Coordinator for our Berlin chapter. I’ve so enjoyed getting to know all of you, maintaining an active network, and helping many of you send in your ballots! I am excited to see what our chapter will do in the coming years, and look forward to the time that we can all meet again.

Theresa Gasinski, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator

I am continually impressed by all of the dedicated and passionate volunteers we have here in Berlin. There is always someone willing to wake up early on a blustery Saturday morning to help set up for our Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, learn the complicated voter registration rules to prepare for the Global Presidential Primary, or open up their home to other Democrats Abroad members for Kiez meetings. I’d like to thank you all for committing your time to help our chapter grow and create a sustainable network of politically-minded Americans doing their part to build an equitable and just future.

Powen Shiah, Communications & Press Officer

When I showed up at my first Democrats Abroad event, I never imagined I would end up volunteering myself for the next several years. It’s been my small way of making sure I could look back on these strange and difficult times, knowing that I did my part to keeping a progressive light burning and to stand up for an inclusive and more just vision of the world. I’m looking forward to seeing how our community and movement grow in future. It’s been so rewarding to be part of Democrats Abroad Berlin!

Berlin Chapter Elections

Wed. Feb 17, 2021, 7pm
Online (RSVP for Zoom access)
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Democrats Abroad Berlin is a 100% volunteer organization lead by a chapter board elected every two years.

If you have questions about running for a leadership position, contact the chapter nominations & elections committee at

If you have questions specifically about the Berlin chapter, you can email

Please save the date and encourage other Americans in Berlin to come: we would like to have a large and democratic voter turnout to elect our new leaders.

Upcoming Events

Berlin Chapter Elections

Wed. Feb 17, 2021, 7pm
Online (Zoom)
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Chapter Candidates Info Session

Tue. Feb 16, 2021, 6pm

Book Club – The Hardest Job in the World by John Dickerson

Thu. Feb 25, 2021, 7:30-9pm
Online (Zoom)
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Connect the Dots: Leadership Development Workshop

Sun. Feb 28, 2021, 4-5:30pm
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Meet the National Candidates

Thu. March 11, 2021, 7pm: RSVP
Sun. March 14, 2021, 4pm: RSVP

Annual General Meeting & Germany National Elections

Sat. March 20, 2021, 10:30am-6pm
RSVP | Election Info | Share on Facebook

Democrats Abroad Tax Advocacy

These are the highlights of a recent update from the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force. The task force  advocates for relief for Americans abroad from U.S. taxation and financial account reporting.

  • EIP2 – $600 pandemic aid payments for eligible Americans
  • How to cash a US Government stimulus check
  • DA Pandemic Aid Webinar recording
  • American Rescue Plan
  • 2021 Non-Resident Taxpayer Qualitative Research Project
  • Congressional Outreach
  • Accidental Americans taking legal action on renunciation fees

Read the details here: