Melanne Verveer

Melanne Verveer

Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ambassador most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for  Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. As Ambassador, she  coordinated foreign policy issues and  activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. She worked to ensure that women’s participation and  rights are fully integrated into U.S.  foreign policy, and she played a leadership role in the Administration’s development of the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Currently, Ambassador Verveer serves as the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.

During the Clinton administration, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She also led the  effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of2000. From 2000-2008, she was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders.

Ambassador Verveer has a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University. In 2013, she was the Humanitas Visiting professor at Cambridge University. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the World Bank  Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.