Meet the Team

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Honorary Founding Chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. From January 2009 to February 2013, she served as Secretary of State of the United States. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton launched the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University on December 19, 2011, at which time she also announced the creation of the Institute. A lifelong advocate of women and girls’ empowerment, Secretary Clinton has some four decades to public service. Read more.

Melanne Verveer - Executive Director

Melanie Verveer

Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. 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 U.S. 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.

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. 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 of 2000. She is the co-author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose (2015).

Ambassador Verveer has a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University. In 2013, she was the Humanitas Visiting professor at the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Council on 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 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Roslyn Warren - Research Partnerships Manager

Roslyn Warren is the Research Partnerships Manager at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In this capacity, she manages the Institute's many research projects, from conception to publication, and develops the external partnerships necessary to expand the breadth and depth of the Institute's network. Prior to this, Ms. Warren worked overseas in Zambia as country director for Medeem, a social impact enterprise that documents land rights for the world's most vulnerable. She has published on a multitude of issues, ranging from protecting local partners in Iraq and Afghanistan to women's participation in global peace processes. Ms. Warren received her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with distinction, and her M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University.

Alexandra Zimmerman Safir - Coordinator for The Women & Economy Project

Alexandra Zimmerman Safir is the Coordinator for The Women & Economy Project. She joined the Institute in April 2014 from The Wilson Center, where she served as Executive Assistant and Scheduler to President and CEO Jane Harman. She previously worked at the National Democratic Institute as a Program Assistant to the International Women's Summit, which convened in Pristina, Kosovo in October 2012. She also spent a year in Chittagong, Bangladesh teaching at the Asian University for Women. Mrs. Safir holds an M.A. from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Religion, concentrating in Islamic Studies, from the George Washington University.

 

Rebecca Turkington - Program Associate

Rebecca Turkington joined the Institute for Women, Peace and Security in 2013 from the National Democratic Institute, where she worked on women's political participation in transitional democracies. She previously interned at the Moroccan Ministry of Interior on women and local governance, and was a Research Assistant for the Wellesley Centers for Women, where she helped implement the inaugural Women in Public Service Project Institute. Ms. Turkington received a B.A. in International Relations and History from Wellesley College, where she was a Fellow at the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs and an Anchor Point Fellow. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Security Studies at Georgetown University.

Sarah Rutherford - Communications Manager

Sarah Rutherford is the Communications Manager at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Previously, she worked at Georgetown University as a Communications and Program Manager for the Vice President for Global Engagement, and as Special Assistant to the Dean of Admissions at the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to that, Ms. Rutherford served as a fellow at Innovations for Civic Participation, and as a fellow at Obama for America. Ms. Rutherford received a B.A. in political science from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in public relations and communications from Georgetown University.

 

Briana Mawby - 2015-2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow

Briana Mawby is a 2015-2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and is an author of Women and Climate Change: Impact and Agency in Human Rights, Security, and Economic Development. She previously served as a research consultant for the World Bank Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration. Ms. Mawby has also worked at the Georgetown Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service and the Center for Media and Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Georgetown University with an M.A. in conflict resolution, and a specialization in post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding in East and Central Africa. She received a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Crises from the Institute for the Study of International Migration. She completed her B.A. in international affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

Anna Applebaum - 2015-2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow

Anna Applebaum is the 2015-2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow with the Institute. In this role, she develops and implements in-depth research on a variety of topics related to women, peace and security. She has conducted multiple international research projects, including extensive fieldwork in Kigali, Rwanda. Her prior experience includes serving as a non-profit consultant, engaging in qualitative research, monitoring and evaluation, and organizational infrastructure development. She previously worked at Vital Voices Global Partnership as a McLarty Global Fellow. Ms. Applebaum received her Master of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service, where she served as student body president and completed field work on women’s leadership development, programs for vulnerable children, and community food insecurity. During her time at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, she was awarded a George E. Mylonas Scholarship in Humanities and an internship at the White House. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities and French. Ms. Applebaum is proficient in both French and Spanish. 

Holly Fuhrman - 2016-2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow

Holly Fuhrman is the 2016-2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security. She received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 2016 and her Master’s in Public Policy from Lehigh University in 2013. During her time at Georgetown Law, Ms. Fuhrman served as Committee Chair for the Refugee Assistance Project (RAP) and as an Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL). She has also held legal internships at DC SAFE, the American Bar Association Commission On Domestic & Sexual Violence, Human Rights First, and the American Immigration Council. During her third year of law school, Ms. Fuhrman was a student-attorney in Georgetown’s Center for Applied Legal Studies, where she successfully pursued her client’s asylum claim at the Baltimore Immigration Court.

 

Andrew Walker - 2016-2017 Bank of America Fellow on Women and the Economy

Andrew Walker is the 2016-2017 Bank of America Fellow on Women and the Economy with the Institute. Previously, Mr. Walker worked at the Aspen Institute, where he provided systems and curriculum support to the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has served as a student volunteer with the Institute, as well as a gender intern with Banyan Global, a women-owned international development consulting firm. Mr. Walker graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S.F.S. in International Politics and a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. His studies focused on women in international development and European integration, including a semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin. His senior capstone paper offered a postcolonial, human rights-based critique of the European Union’s 2016-2020 Gender Action Plan. 

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