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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

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

Corporate Member

* Member Emeritus