Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

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John “Jack” Parlin

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), Germany, 2019-2020

Jack Parlin is an environmental engineering student at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating high school in 2019, he participated t in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program and lived with a host family in a small, northwestern German town. While living in Germany, he participated in projects funded by the local government to transform vacant lots into community gardens.

Jack has a passion for the logical scientific process within the context of the natural world and hopes to combine these interests in both the academic and vocational spheres. He is also fascinated by the patterns and movements of groups of people and concerned with the modes of transportation that they use to commute.

Quillan “Quill” Robinson

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), Germany, 2018-2019

Quill Robinson is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. As an undergraduate, he worked on political campaigns, interned at the United States Senate, and conducted research for a local, free market think tank. After graduating in 2018, he studied and worked in Germany for a year as a fellow with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

As vice president of government affairs at the American Conservation Coalition, Quill works with partner organizations and allies in Congress to advance conservative environmental solutions. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in global security studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Vanessa Simpson

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), Germany, 2014-2015

Vanessa Simpson is a dedicated linguist who believes that human connection is the basis for understanding and forging diplomatic ties. She is a translation specialist at Lidl U.S. headquarters, a German grocery store, utilizing both German and Spanish language skills to make food and products accessible and ensure that customers can make informed decisions about their nutrition in words that speak to them.

Prior to joining Lidl, she was the community outreach director for Supervisor Dalia Palchik representing the Providence District of Fairfax County, Virginia. In the Providence District Office, Vanessa wrote county-level legislative policy, facilitated the organization of the Community-Wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) in the district, and liaised between the Supervisor and a multitude of local chapters of climate advocacy organizations. In her continued commitment to the environment, Vanessa believes that access to local natural spaces is central to environmental advocacy.

After her exchange program in Germany, Vanessa sought ways to deepen her cultural understanding at home and abroad. She continues to pursue U.S. diplomacy goals in everyday community connections in many areas, including the environment.