WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2018)—Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security is pleased to announce that Carla Koppell will be affiliated with the institute as a Distinguished GIWPS Fellow.


Koppell brings extensive experience in the fields of conflict resolution and international development in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Most recently she was a vice president with the United States Institute for Peace. Prior to that she served as chief strategy officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was appointed USAID’s inaugural senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Koppell also directed the Institute for Inclusive Security, served as deputy assistant secretary for international affairs with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, and worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Koppell’s professional history demonstrates an enduring commitment to diversity and inclusion in U.S. foreign policy and international affairs.


“Carla is a giant in the field of gender equality and foreign policy,” said Ambassador Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. “She has provided committed leadership during her tenure at USAID working to mainstream gender considerations into international development, particularly in the implementation of the U.S. national action plan on women, peace and security. We are thrilled to have Carla affiliated with us as a Distinguished GIWPS Fellow.”