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 and developing 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 currently serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.

Jeni Klugman - Managing Director

Dr. Klugman is a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government’s Women in Public Policy Program at Harvard University. 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.

Carla Koppell - Distinguished GIWPS Fellow

Carla Koppell recently served as 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.

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.

Sarah Rutherford - Communications Manager

Sarah Rutherford previously 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, Sarah served as a fellow at Innovations for Civic Participation. Sarah 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

Prior to joining the GIWPS team, Luis Mancilla 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. Luis 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.

Allie Smith - Program Manager

Allie previously worked at the global strategic advisory firm, the Albright Stonebridge Group, where she focused on conflict in Myanmar and greater Southeast Asia. Prior to that, she served as a program associate for the Kofi Annan-chaired Advisory Commission on Rakhine State in Myanmar, supporting the development of policy solutions for resolving the Rohingya refugee crisis. She has also worked with CARE International in Myanmar on gender based violence program design, as well as with the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA with honors in Politics from Whitman College, and authored a senior thesis on implementation of the women, peace, and security agenda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is currently a Masters in Security Studies candidate at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in sub-state violence. 

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana - Affiliate GIWPS Researcher

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana previously served as Associate Director and Assistant Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University’s MA Program in Conflict Resolution. Before coming to Georgetown University she served as a consultant for the Religion and Peacebuilding Program at United States Institute of Peace, and as an Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. Her research focuses on Muslim women’s peacebuilding initiatives, mediation and peace building, religion and conflict resolution, interfaith dialogue, Islamic approaches to war and peace, and Islam and nonviolence.

Molly Kellogg - Gender, Climate, and Security Fellow

Molly’s research at GIWPS explores at the intersection between climate change and security using a gender lens. In addition to her research agenda a GIWPS, Molly supports the implementation of the UN Joint Programme on Women, Natural Resources, Climate and Peace at UN Environment in Geneva. Previously, Molly worked as a researcher at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI) in Geneva, where her research focused on how different actors – particularly women – participate in or are excluded from formal peace negotiations. She has several years of experience working on women’s empowerment in conflict and post-conflict contexts, including in South Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Molly holds a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Michigan.

Agathe Christien - Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow 2019-2020

Agathe's research interests and expertise include women’s involvement in peace processes and peacekeeping, countering violent extremism, and international migration. She previously worked with the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project, which is a food business incubator program for refugees and host communities in Turkey. She holds an M.A in Arab studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Lyon, France.

Turkan Mukhtarova - Bank of America Research Fellow 2019-2020

Turkan Mukhtarova’s primary research focus at Georgetown is the intersection of gender and development – specifically strategies to increase gender-based violence reporting rates. Previously, she worked at the World Bank for over a year, supporting its Global Governance Practice Unit and Development Research Group for the Europe and Central Asia region. She worked on the “Justice Gender Strategy and Action Plan” for Azerbaijan and “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Groups in the Context of Domestic Violence” in Moldova. Turkan holds a B.A. in International Relations from Caucasus University in Azerbaijan, and is a recipient of the Open Society Foundation-Civil Society Leadership Awards. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters of Science in Foreign Service and concentration in international development.