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Honorary Co-Chairs

Laura W. Bush, former First Lady of the United States
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former First Lady and 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
Catherine M. Russell, 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, U.S. State Departmentt

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. Jan Bradley, Co-Founder, Lamia Afghan Foundation
  7. Lt. General (ret.) John Bradley, CEO and President, Lamia Afghan Foundation
  8. Doris Buffett, Founder, Sunshine Lady Institute
  9. Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Chair, World Affairs Councils; USAWC Founding Co-Chair
  10. Connie Duckworth, President and CEO, ARZU Studio Hope
  11. Caroline Firestone,  Founder, New Hudson Foundation
  12. Dana Freyer, Co-Founder and Chair, Global Partnership for Afghanistan
  13. Kate Friedrich,  Vice President for Global Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters
  14. Peter Grossman, Director, Grossman Burn Center
  15. Rebecca Grossman,  Founder, Grossman Burn Foundation
  16. Ambassador Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  17. Sultana Hakimi, Wife of the former Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  18. Joanne King Herring, CEO and President, Marshall Plan Charities, Inc.
  19. Palwasha L. Kakar, Senior Program Officer, U.S. Institute of Peace
  20. Ambassador Karen Hughes, Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  21. Jill IscolAuthor of Hearts on Fire
  22. Valerie Jarrett, Advisor POTUS; White House Council on Women and Girls
  23. Ambassador Said Jawad, Former Afghan Ambassador to the United States; Founder, Foundation for Afghanistan
  24. Shamim Jawad, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Ayenda Foundation
  25. Christopher Johnson, Strategic Branding Expert
  26. Laura Jordan, Council, The Federal Practice Group
  27. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author and journalist 
  28. Anita McBride, Executive-in-Residence, Department of Government, American University in Washington, DC. 
  29. Timothy McBride, Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Ayenda Foundation
  30. Catherine McIntyre, Philanthropist
  31. David J. McIntyre, President and CEO, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  32. Pat Mitchell, Independent Advisor, Paley Center for Media
  33. Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  34. Lael Mohib, Director, Enabled Children
  35. Mary Jo Myers, President, Aschiana
  36. Manizha Naderi, Executive Director, Women for Afghan Women
  37. Terry Neese, President, Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women
  38. Ilaha Eli Omar, Philanthropy Impact Expert, iti-Maude LLC
  39. Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Policy, Abbott; Vice President, Abbott Fund
  40. Charlotte Ponticelli, Board Member, Bayat Foundation
  41. Dina Powell, President, Goldman Sachs Foundation
  42. Sydney Price, Senior Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Commerce-Cause, Kate Spade
  43. Mariam Qudrat, Board of Trustees,  American University of Afghanistan
  44. Suraya Rashid, Executive Adviser in Afghanistan for
  45. Diana Rowan Rockefeller, Founder, Afghan Women Leaders Connect
  46. Peter Kaivon Saleh, Former Senior Advisor to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)
  47. Khorshied Samad, Curator, Voices on the Rise
  48. Ambassador Omar Samad, Senior Advisor to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah on Policy and Strategy
  49. Leslie Schweitzer, Chair, Friends of American University of Afghanistan (AUAf) Kabul
  50. Zolaykha Sherzad, Founder, Zarif Design
  51. Mina Sherzoy, Director of Capacity Building, Chemonics, Afghanistan
  52. Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
  53. Ambassador Steven Steiner, Senior Advisor, Center for Gender and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace
  54. Hodei Sultan, Senior Program Manager, U.S. Institute of Peace
  55. Tina TchenChief of Staff to FLOTUS Michelle Obama
  56. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; USAWC Co-Chair Emeritus
  57. Manizha Wafeq, Co-Founder and President, Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan Development (LEAD)/Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI)
  58. Heidi Waldorf, Director of Laser/ Cosmetic Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center
  59. Sherrie Rollins Westin, Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop
  60. Marna C. Whittington, Retired, Philanthropist
  61. Christian Wistehuff, Executive Director, Initiative to Education Afghan Women (IEAW)
  62. Sakena Yacoobi, Chief Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning