Cornelia Mrose was born and raised in Hamburg, West Germany. In the 1980’s she came to the US as a foreign exchange student and received an MA in Drama from Tufts University and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, concentrating on Soviet and Eastern European history as well as economics.

She returned to Germany in 1989 and worked as a software developer for various software firms. After her move to England in 1994 she worked for Lloyd’s Bank in London and later for a Geographic Information Systems firm in Cambridge.

In 2003, Cornelia moved from London to New York. She now lives in Westchester County with her husband, taking care of her three school-aged children and five animals (dog, cat, parrot and two guinea pigs). She is a 1st Dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and loves playing the cello.

Last year Cornelia joined the White Plains Tea Party and the Hudson Valley Patriots. In August of 2010 she became a US citizen.

Cornelia believes in the free market, small government and individual responsibility. Having lived in European welfare states she has seen the stifling and corrupting effects on its citizens. In the United States she has found a country that is well on its way to a cradle-to-grave nanny state with an overtaxed, overregulated and over legislated citizenry pitched against a class of privileged state employees.

But to her delight she discovered that not many US citizens are eager to turn into wards of the state. On the contrary, the widespread enthusiasm for America’s founding principles of liberty and self-governance brought the Tea Party Movement to life – in its wake profoundly changing the country’s political landscape.