Meet the Team


Hillary Rodham Clinton - Honorary Founding Chair

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 dedicated some four decades to public service.

Melanne Verveer - Executive Director

Ambassador Verveer 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. Amb. Verveer serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.

Jeni Klugman - Managing Director

Jeni Klugman is a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program at Harvard University and Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security. She recently became VicHealth’s second leading thinker, together with Professor Iris Bohnet, under an initiative that aims to make behavioral insights practical and accessible for Victorian government, industry and not-for-profit organizations. Previous positions include Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank, and director and lead author of three global Human Development Reports published by the UNDP.

Jennifer Parsons - Research Partnerships Manager

Jennifer began her career in DC in the non-profit sector, working as a consultant with the World Bank’s Gender Division and as a Gender Advisor at the International Center for Research on Women. She also served as Senior Policy Advisor at the American Jewish World Service, where she advocated for ending child marriage and advancing adolescent girls’ empowerment. In addition, Jennifer has worked in the U.S. Senate for Sherrod Brown from Ohio, and on several political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 Presidential campaigns. Originally hailing from Ohio, Jennifer received a B.A. from Ohio University and earned her MSPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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 recently received a graduate degree in public relations and communications from Georgetown University.

Luis Mancilla - Assistant Director of Finance and Administration

Luis Mancilla is the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Prior to joining the GIWPS team, he was involved in designing and implementing capacity building activities in resource-poor settings while working at an international public health non-profit. He also brings business development expertise to the Institute through his previous experience working for a for-profit international development company. Mr. Mancilla is passionate about development and holds a Masters degree in Public and International Affairs, as well as a B.S. in Computer Engineering, both from Virginia Tech.

Anjali Dayal - 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow

Anjali Dayal is a 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and an assistant professor of international politics at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. She received a Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University's Department of Government in 2015. Her research interests include peacekeeping, peace processes, the UN Security Council, and human rights. She is currently completing a book about UN peacekeeping failures and civil war peace processes.

Yvonne Quek - 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton-McLarty Fellow

Yvonne Quek is a 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton-McLarty Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She researches issue areas related to the economic empowerment of women in fragile states and the impact of climate change on women. Previously, Ms. Quek served as the McLarty Global Fellow at Vital Voices Global Partnership where she undertook a monitoring and evaluation study within the organization.

Sophie Huve - 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow

Sophie Huve is the 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She received her LLM in International Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center, with a certificate in International Human Rights. While a graduate student, Sophie was vice president of the UN Association – Georgetown Law and participated in the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition where she was nominated for the Gilbert-Apollis award. Before coming to Georgetown Law, Sophie interned with the Security Council Affairs Division at the United Nations.