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

Corporate Member

* Member Emeritus