Birgit Rieck became an ICIJ board member in 2019, and currently serves as treasurer.

As founder of The Bromley Office she develops business plans for continued education programs and also serves as director of Moment Institute Middle East Fellows (MIMEF), a new fellowship program for journalists reporting on and from the Middle East.

Rieck was associate director of Wallace House at the University of Michigan, home of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for experienced journalists and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. Before coming to Michigan, she was a reporter and program host at Stadtradio Karlsruhe.

Rieck studied Anthropology (Latin American Studies) and English Literature at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology (African Studies) and Education from Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz after completing fieldwork in Uganda and Rome. She also completed a two-year management training course with the InterContinental Hotels Group in London.

Rieck graduated from the Media Transformation Challenge program in 2020 and also serves on the advisory board of Take The Lead's 50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism. She is based in Michigan, traveling to her native Germany regularly.