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

Afghan Co-Chairs

Hanif Atmar, The Honorable GIRoA Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hasina Safi, The Honorable GIRoA Minister of Women’s Affairs

Vice Chair

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

Executive Director

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

Corporate Member

* Member Emeritus