WIIS-DC is a WIIS U.S. Chapter based in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

WIIS-DC carries out localized, intimate-scale events for women working in the peace and security fields in the mid-atlantic region. The mission of the D.C. Chapter is to provide opportunities for networking, collaboration, mentoring and skill development among women in D.C.’s vibrant international peace and security community.




Dorian Ramosunnamed, President of WIIS DC

D. Jacqueline Ramos is a Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).  She also serves as President of Women in International Security’s Washington, D.C. Chapter (WIIS-DC).  Previously, she was the Special Assistant for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.

Prior to joining DoD, Ms. Ramos was a Nonproliferation Fellow at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) where she managed nonproliferation initiatives across Central Asia and Russia.

Ms. Ramos has extensive work and study experience across Latin America, the Middle East & North Africa, Central Asia, and Russia. She received her B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College, MN, M.A. in International Affairs from Georgetown University, and M.A. in Strategic Studies from John Hopkins University (SAIS).


WIIS-GWU-150x150Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, Vice President of WIIS DC

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee is the Vice President of WIIS-DC and a Researcher with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, she served as a policy intern in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for four years.  While at the Pentagon, Michelle worked on issues related to Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Human Capital, East Asia, Strategy and Force Development, and Europe and NATO.  Michelle graduatedsumma cum laude from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a B.A. in International Affairs, double concentrations in Security Policy and Asian Studies, and a minor in Arabic.  Her senior honors thesis examined the theory and practice of the Department of Defense Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process.  She has also studied at the University of Cambridge.




March 2, 2016: Women In International Security hosted a collaborative networking event to kick off 2016. This was a great opportunity to have candid conversations and form both personal and professional relationships with established practitioners in the security and international affairs field.

Participants represented professionals from organizations, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH)
  • Brookings Institution
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI)
  • Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS)
  • International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
  • International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  • The Institute for Inclusive Security (IIS)
  • US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • US Department of Defense
  • US Department of State
  • US Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • Women for Women International (WfWI)
  • Women in Defense
  • Women in International Security (WIIS)
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)


December 16, 2015: WIIS-DC hosted a Holiday Happy Hour, which included International security professionals from WIIS, Women in Defense, the Women's Mentoring Network of Brookings Institute, and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy met for a networking happy hour. Participants got into the holiday spirit as they met, mingled, and networked across organizations.

October 5, 2015:WIIS-DC hosted an October happy hour, kicking off a series of new events for area professionals. Individuals new to Washington and long time residents alike gathered to meet and mingle with other men and women interested in international security, peace, and development.

April 22, 2014 : Anne Witkowsky shared her range of experiences working at the National Security Council, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the State Department, and her current role leading the Defense Department's Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations office.

March 4, 2015 : WIIS DC hosted their Monthly Mentoring Circle featuring Dr. Craig Zelizer. Dr. Zelizer shared his expertise in conflict resolution. In addition, as Founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN), he shared insider tips on how to use this amazing global networking and job search tool for peace builders and change agents. The event was held on the GWU campus.

January 22, 2015 : Dr. Nora Bensahel shared her range of experiences and advice working national security issues across the think tank community in D.C.  Come prepared to offer your own questions and observations to help enrich the discussion.


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