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. She also serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.

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 and holds several honorary degrees. In 2013, she was the Humanitas Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge and in 2017, she was selected to deliver the Tanner Lecture at Clare Hall College, Cambridge. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and serves on the Boards of the National Endowment for Democracy and the Atlantic Council, as well as the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service. In 2008, the President of Ukraine awarded her the Order of Princess Olga. 

Jeni Klugman - Managing Director

Jeni Klugman joins the Institute as its Managing Director. Dr. Klugman brings 25 years of experience and a record of strategic leadership on gender, economics, law, global development and governance. From 2011-14 she served as the Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank where she set and shaped the Bank’s gender strategy. She is the author of many studies, and recently co-authored the UN Secretary General's high level report on women's economic empowerment, which was unveiled at the UN General Assembly last month. Dr. Klugman continues her affiliation with Harvard University, where she is a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program. Dr. Klugman’s academic experience includes serving as a research professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University and teaching at the Kennedy School, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Sydney University Law School. She holds a PhD from Australian National University as well as degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sydney. She was a Rhodes Scholar. 

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 all grant funded research, leads the research team in execution of the Institute’s research, supports the management of daily operations, and leads global business and project development. Ms. Warren previously worked in Zambia as country director for Medeem, a social impact enterprise that documents land rights for the world's most vulnerable. In addition, she has extensive overseas experience managing research deployments in Guatemala, Tunisia, Ukraine, Colombia, Myanmar, and the Philippines and working within OSCE. Her research expertise includes property rights, risk analysis, sustainable development, the integration of gendered approaches into systems, gendered peacemaking and peacebuilding, and human security. She is the co-author of Women Leading Peace, Protecting Soft Networks, and a range of research studies, which can be found here. 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, where she also received a certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies.

Rebecca Turkington - Program Manager

Rebecca Turkington manages events, programming and student engagement for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She is also a co-author of a number of the Institute's publications including Women Leading Peace, and represents the Institute on the US Civil Society Working Group for Women, Peace & Security. Ms. Turkington joined GIWPS 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, was a Research Assistant for the Wellesley Centers for Women, and helped implement the inaugural Women in Public Service Project Institute. Ms. Turkington received a B.A. with honors in International Relations and History from Wellesley College, where she was a Fellow at the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Security Studies at Georgetown University concentrating in terrorism and substate violence. 

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; A Case Study on Haiti: Making Disaster Risk Reduction Policies Inclusive; and Strengthening the Afghan National Police: Recruitment and Retention of Women Officers. She previously served as a research consultant for the International Organization for Migration Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative as well as the World Bank Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration.  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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