(Washington, DC, United States) – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI), as well as the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF), have just announced their new president, as well as two new board members. Constantine (Kostas) Apostolos Galanis is the new president and he began his term on January 1, 2017. Dr. Spiros Spireas served as president before him and he held the position for several years after he assumed the role in 2011. Spireas will still be on the board of directors.
Nick Larigakis, the president of the American Hellenic Institute, said about Galanis, the new president of AHIF, “We are thrilled Constantine Galanis has agreed to serve as president of the AHI Foundation. He brings enthusiasm and talent to the Foundation. Constantine will be a significant asset to the Foundation and will help it to advance its mission to the benefit of the Greek American community. I look forward to working with him.”
Concerning his new appointment, Galanis said, “It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve the American Hellenic Institute Foundation. I will do my best to enhance its goals, objectives, and programs and work to advance its reach in the community. Furthermore, we will work diligently to ensure more people get involved in the issues that are of utmost importance in the United States, Greece and Cyprus. I call upon all Greek and Cypriot Americans to join in helping Greece and Cyprus to overcome their challenges.”
Both the American Hellenic Institute and the American Hellenic Institute Foundation were created to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Greece and also the United States and Cyprus. They are considered to be a lobbying organization that promotes these interests with the United States government as well as with the people. It was originally founded in 1975 in response to the Turkish occupation of Cyprus during that time and the organization has grown to promote interests in Greece, as well.