By: Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace, and Security at Georgetown University
Publish Date: January
Ambassador Melanne Verveer is a Founding Partner of Seneca Point Global and serves as the Executive Director of Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In 2009 President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US State Department. Ambassador Verveer worked on behalf of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to almost 60 countries. In such capacity, she worked to mobilize concrete support for women’s political and economic empowerment through a variety of public-private partnerships as well as worked to fully integrate women’s participation and rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy. Prior to her role at the U.S. State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit she co-founded. Vital Voices invests in emerging women leaders and works to expand women’s roles in generating economic opportunity, promoting political participation, and safeguarding human rights. Vital Voices has trained over 12,000 women in over 100 countries, who have in turn trained or mentored over 500,000 women across the globe.
Prior to her work with Vital Voices, Ambassador Verveer served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration and was chief assistant to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in all her wide-ranging international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as legislative staff. Ambassador Verveer has a B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the 2013 Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Secretary of State's Award for Distinguished Service.