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

Corporate Member

* Member Emeritus