Georgetown University


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

Salahuddin Rabbani, The Honorable GIRoA Minister of Foreign Affairs
Delbar Nazari, The Honorable GIRoA Minister of Women’s Affairs

Vice Chair

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

Executive Director

Ruth Bennett, Department of State

USAWC Members

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

Corporate Member

* Member Emeritus