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Honorary Co-Chairs

Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State of the United States
Rula Ghani, First Lady of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

U.S. Co-Chairs

John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
TBD, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Afghan Co-Chairs

The Honorable GIRoA Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honorable GIRoA Minister of Women’s Affairs

Vice Chair

Phyllis R. Magrab, Professor, Pediatrics; UNESCO Chair, Georgetown University

Executive Director

Megan Wong, Department of State

USAWC Members

(In alphabetical order)
  1. Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
  2. Rina Amiri, UN Mediation Expert
  3. Mariam Atash, President, PlanetPix Media
  4. Ambassador Barbara BarrettThunderbird School.
  5. Fatema Bayat, Executive Director, Bayat Foundation
  6. Laura Berry, Chief Strategy Officer, governmental agency
  7. Jan Bradley, Co-Founder, Lamia Afghan Foundation
  8. Lt. General (ret.) John Bradley, CEO and President, Lamia Afghan Foundation
  9. *Doris Buffett, Founder, Sunshine Lady Institute
  10. Leslie Cunningham, Board Member, Aschiana Foundation and Women for Afghan Women
  11. Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Chair, World Affairs Councils; USAWC Founding Co-Chair
  12. Connie Duckworth, President and CEO, ARZU Studio Hope
  13. *Caroline Firestone,  Founder, New Hudson Foundation
  14. Dana Freyer, Special Counsel to the President, International Rescue Committee
  15. Kate Friedrich,  Vice President for Global Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters
  16. Peter Grossman, Director, Grossman Burn Center
  17. Rebecca Grossman,  Founder, Grossman Burn Foundation
  18. *Ambassador Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  19. *Sultana Hakimi, Wife of the former Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  20. Rangina Hamidi, Founder and President, Kandahar Treasure
  21. *Joanne King Herring, CEO and President, Marshall Plan Charities, Inc.
  22. *Karen Hughes, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  23. Palwasha L. Kakar, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
  24. *Jill IscolAuthor of Hearts on Fire
  25. Ambassador Said Jawad, Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States; Founder, Foundation for Afghanistan
  26. Shamim Jawad, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Ayenda Foundation
  27. Christopher Johnson, Strategic Branding Expert
  28. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  29. Anita McBride, Executive-in-Residence, Department of Government, American University in Washington, DC. 
  30. Timothy McBride, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Ayenda Foundation
  31. Catherine McIntyre, Philanthropist
  32. David J. McIntyre, President and CEO, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  33. Pat Mitchell, Independent Advisor, Paley Center for Media
  34. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  35. Lael Mohib, Director, Enabled Children
  36. Mary Jo Myers, Founding Member and President Emeritus, Aschiana Foundation
  37. Manizha Naderi, Executive Director, Women for Afghan Women
  38. Terry Neese, President, Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women
  39. Ilaha Eli Omar, Philanthropy Impact Expert, iti-Maude LLC
  40. Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott; Vice President, Abbott Fund
  41. Charlotte Ponticelli, Board Member, Bayat Foundation and Initiative to Educate Afghan Women
  42. Dina Powell, former Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor
  43. Mariam Qudrat, Board of Trustees,  American University of Afghanistan
  44. Suraya Rashid, Executive Adviser in Afghanistan for
  45. Alia Rasoully, Founder and President, WISE Afghanistan
  46. Diana Rowan Rockefeller, Founder, Afghan Women Leaders Connect
  47. Hasina Safi, Executive Director, Afghan Women’s Network
  48. Khorshied Samad, Curator, Voices on the Rise
  49. Ambassador Omar Samad, Senior Advisor to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah on Policy and Strategy
  50. Leslie Schweitzer, Chair, Friends of American University of Afghanistan (AUAf) Kabul
  51. Zolaykha Sherzad, Founder, Zarif Design
  52. Mina Sherzoy, President, Excel Consulting
  53. Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
  54. Ambassador Steven Steiner, Senior Advisor, Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace
  55. Hodei Sultan, Senior Program Manager, U.S. Institute of Peace
  56. Masuda Sultan, Founder, American Chamber of Commerce in Afghanistan
  57. Tina Tchen, Former Chief of Staff to FLOTUS Michelle Obama
  58. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; USAWC Co-Chair Emeritus
  59. Manizha Wafeq, Co-Founder and President, Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  60. Heidi Waldorf, Director of Laser/ Cosmetic Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  61. Sherrie R. Westin, Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
  62. Marna C. Whittington, Retired, Philanthropist
  63. Christian Wistehuff, Executive Director, Initiative to Education Afghan Women (IEAW)
  64. Sakena Yacoobi, Chief Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning

Corporate Member

* Member Emeritus