Cristian Merdariu

Founding Angel 
Board of Advisors 
ROCO Biz
Founding Angel, RCC Chicago Ambassador
Cristian is co-founder and owner of City Habitat Realty, a successful real estate company in Chicago. He believes Romanians should work harder to express and identify themselves as one nation, to earn their own sense of value and the right to be proud.
 
Ted Cominos

Founding Angel 
Board of Advisors 
Founding Angel; RUF Board of Directors; Venture Capital / Private Equity Attorney
Ted Cominos is Corporate / Private Capital partner with the Global-10 law firm, Eversheds-Sutherland.
ioana salajanu

Board of Advisors 
Attorney at Law; Member of the United Nations Women's Guild and RUF Board of Advisors; Children’s International NFP, founder
Ioana is an attorney and human rights activist, dedicating her time to developing early childhood education, offering pro bono legal services to economically disadvantaged immigrants and survivors of domestic violence.
 
Alexander Turik
Alex Turik is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish United Fund and the immediate past Chairman of JUF's Russian Jewish Division Advisory Board and one of the founders of RJD.
 
Nicolae Ratiu

Board of Advisors 
Chairman of the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, RUF Board of Advisors
Nicolae is Chairman of the Ratiu Family Foundation. Supported 2000+ Romanian students in the UK, the Ion Ratiu Chair of Romanian Studies at Georgetown, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award & Journalism Awards, Elisabeth Ratiu Mental Health Award.
Beatrice Radu
Beatrice is the Community Selling & Strategy Director for Eastern Europe at Yves Rocher. She joined the Romanian United Fund Board of Advisors in November 2019.
 
Irina Pop
Irina Pop is a civil society professional who has worked for over 12 years with Romanian and international NGOs in areas including community development, grantmaking, advocacy, and coalition building.
 
Chris Worman
Chris Worman lived in Romania between 2005 and 2013, first with Peace Corps, then starting the Odorheiu Secuiesc Community Foundation and later TechSoup Romania. Chris now lives in Oakland, CA and leads program development and alliances at TechSoup.
 
Ioana Traista

Board of Advisors 
Communications Officer at European Commission, RUF Board of Advisors
My vision is a community that values close ties and relations, offers equal opportunities, and respect for every person, and gives everybody the opportunity to make their own choices.
Dana Bucin

Member 
Board of Advisors 
RUF Ambassador, Board of Advisors
Dana Bucin was named the “Attorney of the Year” in Connecticut, USA in 2019 and Top 100 Romanians Worldwide by Newsweek Romania. Dana also serves as the Honorary Consul of Romania to Connecticut since 2018.
Simona Vasile
Simona is a Tax Principal in the Global Mobility Services (GMS). She is a KPMG Culture Champion, a member of the KPMG KNOW NYO Leadership Council, RomAmPro board member, and Ms. President US advisory board member.
Ross Vangalis

Board of Advisors 
CEO & Founder, Queue Brand Communications, Chicago
Senior agency executive experienced in transforming emerging marketing trends into scalable marketing businesses. Senior advisor with experience across 20+ industries, 10+ countries & 100+ iconic brands
 
Julia Costin

Board of Advisors 
Global Community Shaper, RUF Board of Advisors
Julia is an expert in economic and workforce development. She has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and she currently works as Program Manager at the National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs.
Leslie Hawke

Board of Advisors 
President at The Alex Fund
Former Peace Corps volunteer to Romania, Leslie Hawke is the co-founder of Asociatia OvidiuRo, the Agency for Early Education, and founder of The Alex Fund, a US nonprofit that supports education reform in Romania.