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 Associate

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.

Yvonne Quek - 2017-2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton-McLarty Fellow

Yvonne Quek researches issue areas related to expanding women's access to work opportunities in fragile states, from studying barriers women face, to enhancing women's participation in entrepreneurship, to advancing the role of women in corporate supply chains. Previously, Yvonne served as the McLarty Scholar at Vital Voices Global Partnership where she undertook a monitoring and evaluation study within the organization. She has also consulted with non-profits on monitoring and evaluation studies, co-founded an artisan e-commerce business, and is a former practicing corporate attorney, specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Yvonne received her Masters of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service, and completed her law degree at the National University of Singapore.

Matt Moore - 2018-2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow

Matt received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Georgetown Law, Matt was Articles Editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Law. He served as a Summer Associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group, and as a judicial intern with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. During graduate school, Matt completed field research in Medellín, Colombia. He served as a graduate student research consultant for Human Rights Watch and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and as an intern at The New Yorker. Previously, Matt worked in New York at the quarterly political journal Dissent.

Madison Schramm - 2018-2019 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow

Madison Schramm is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on international security, the domestic politics of foreign policy, and gender and foreign policy. Her dissertation explores the dynamics that intensify conflict between democracies and personalist regimes. She has previously worked with the Council on Foreign Relations; the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Yale University’s Political Violence FieldLab; the RAND Corporation; and International Studies Quarterly. Madison received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in Government from Georgetown University.

Raiyan Kabir - Bank of America Research Fellow 2018-2019

Raiyan researches on issues related to women’s economic empowerment, particularly with regards to the role of digital financial inclusion in women’s economic empowerment in fragile and conflict states. Previously, she worked at the World Bank researching the role of youth in the context of social contract in Africa. Raiyan received her BSS in Economics from BRAC University in Bangladesh and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University.