CCWA Announces the 2020-2021 Richard W. Pogue Fellows

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The Cleveland Council on World Affairs is pleased to announce our 2020-2021 Richard W. Pogue Fellows. “This Fellowship will cultivate the next generation of globally-minded leaders in Cleveland. Their rich backgrounds and experiences made these five accomplished Fellows stand out, and we look forward to welcoming them to the CCWA family for our 2020-2021 season!” says Carina Van Vliet, CCWA’s Chief Executive Officer.

The first cohort of fellows was selected from a very competitive pool of applicants. We are pleased to introduce the inaugural Richard W. Pogue Fellows: Su He, Yao Liu, Maximilian Loeffler, Matondo Ngemba, and Madeline Tobolewski:

Su He is Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce. She also runs her own law practice that focuses on helping immigrants establish their careers and families in the United States. Su was born in China and looks forward to sharing her perspective with other members and serving as a bridge with the Chinese community.

Yao Liu  works as International Business Attorney at Cavitch. As a bi‐lingual and bi‐cultural Chinese-American lawyer focusing on international transactions, he acts as a bridge, connecting people from different cultures. He looks forward to adding his international perspective to the conversation at CCFR.

Maximilian Loeffler IV is Marketing Specialist for Canada and Mexico at The Vitamix Corporation. He grew up in a trilingual household to parents from Germany and Costa Rica. He is passionate about global affairs, and hopes this fellowship will help him become more civically involved in the community and make a difference for regional economic growth in a globally-connected world.

Matondo Ngemba is a recent graduate with a degree in international relations. She looks forward to the fellowship amplifying her advocacy for refugees and human rights. Matondo came to the U.S. as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and says that she draws strength and motivation from her personal experience as a refugee.

Madeline Tobolewski is Cyber Security Analyst in the financial industry, focusing on geopolitical risk. She is immersed in international affairs professionally and enjoys learning more about the world. Her past experiences have helped her develop skills to assess challenges on a regional and global scale, and she looks forward to sharing her perspectives with the other globally-minded members.

Our 2020-2021 fellows will have the opportunity to participate in members-only speaker forums and other programs about the most pressing international topics of our time, and network with other internationally-minded business and civic leaders in our community through participation in the Cleveland Committee on Foreign Relations (CCFR).

The fellowship is named after Richard W. Pogue, civic leader and Senior Advisor at Jones Day, in recognition of his more than 60 years as a member of CCWA. The fellowship program is supported with funding from the Kulas Foundation.

For more information, contact Jenni Carney, Director of Development and Marketing, at (216) 255-9005 or

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