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Gahl Hodges Burt is the chairman of the American Academy in Berlin.

Based in Washington, DC, she has spent the last thirty years in both government service and with multiple NGOs. From 1973 to 1982 she worked at the US Department of State, serving as personal assistant to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and then Assistant Chief of Protocol. She later served as White House Social Secretary to President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.

Burt is a founding trustee of the American Academy in Berlin. She sits on the boards of the International Republican Institute, the List Project, and the Polyphony Foundation. She has also been working with the Department of State to bring Afghan girls to the US for study at the high-school level and sponsors three young women.