Leadership Circle

WIIS is grateful for the contributions of our donors who have donated towards our efforts to advance women in the field of international peace and security.

Pamela Aall

Chair, Women In International Security; Senior Advisor, the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Michael E. Brown

Professor, The Elliott School of International Affairs

Joy Bronson Smith

Former U.S. Navy Pilot and Documentary Filmmaker

Ellen Haring

Senior Fellow, Women In International Security

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

2021-2022 Fellow, The Willson Center

Carmen MacDougall

Vice President, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Judith V. Reppy

Professor emerita, The Department of Science and Technology and Studies at Cornell University

Ann Elise Sauer

Senior Partner at Inglee Sauer Moseley Strategies, LLC; Board Member at Women in Defense

George Quester

Former Chairman of the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Elizabeth Pond

Berlin-based American journalist; author, The Rebirth of Europe

Dr. Gale Mattox

Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy

Carolyn Washington

Former Director, Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center

Nancy Walker

Former Director, Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center

Dr. Carola Weil

Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University

Dr. Cindy Williams

Former Principal Research Scientist, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anne A. Witkowsky

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs

Not Pictured Above:

Elliott Millenson and Wendy Strongin
Former Founder and Chief Executive of the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that developed the first home test for H.I.V.

Aline Quester
Principal Research Scientist, Resource Analysis / Marine Corps Manpower Team, CNA Resource Analysis 

Meredith Reid Sarkees
Scholar in Residence at the Women & Politics Institute at American University; President, Global Women's Leadership in International Security

Honor Roll

The following individuals have served in leadership roles for the organization throughout its history and/or are internationally-recognized individuals representing strong and positive role models of women’s leadership in global security who enhance WIIS’ ability to pursue its mission worldwide by their association with WIIS. We thank them for their service.

Pamela Aall

Treasurer, Women In International Security; Senior Advisor, the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) [Toronto, Ontario]

Nicole Aandahl

Chief of Staff, EADS North America

Madeleine Albright

Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC. Former U.S. Secretary of State 

Maria R. Alongi

Latvian Community Initiatives Foundation, Former Special Assistant to the Defense Advisor, U.S. Mission to NATO 

Christiane Amanpour

Chief International Correspondent, CNN

Sid Ashworth

Vice President, Northrop Grumman

Dr. Deborah Avant

Professor and Director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, University of Denver 

Yvonne Bartoli-Munro

Program Specialist in the Infrastructure Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Nancy Bearg

Senior Advisor, Project on National Security Reform; Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University 

Susan Bennett

Senior Vice President of Exhibits, Programs, and Media Relations, Newseum

Dr. Nora Bensahel

Deputy Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, the Center for New American Security

Betty Bigombe

State Minister for Water Resources, the Uganda Cabinet

Ellen Blalock

Program Coordinator in Senior Services, Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) 

Avis Bohlen

Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Former Assistant Secretary for Arms Control at the U.S. Department of State 

Naila Bolus

Executive Director, Ploughshares Fund 

Dr. Esther Brimmer

J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University

Paula Broadwell

Major, U.S. Army (Active & Reserves)

Research Associate at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University; PhD Candidate, King’s College London 

Sandy Brock

President, SMD Ltd. (co-chair)

Dr. Frances G. Burwell

Vice President and Director of Transatlantic Relations and Studies, The Atlantic Council of the United States 

Sheila Buckley

Arms Control Consultant 

Beverly B. Byron

Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (D-MD) 

Dr. Anne H. Cahn

Member of the Advisory Board, The National Security Archive 

Sarah Carey (1939 – 2010)

Former Partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP; Former Chair of Eurasia Foundation

Diane Carnevale

Consultant, Anchor Consultants; Economics and Environmental Consultant, Anasazi Gold, LLC

Elsie Chang

Vice President, Coverent 

Antonia Handler Chayes

Visiting Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Installations; Former Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force 

Deepti Choubey

Senior Director for Nuclear and Biosecurity Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) 

Dr. Martha Crenshaw

Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Stanford University; Professor, Stanford University

Sheba Crocker

Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State; Former Chief of Staff for Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, U.S. Department of State 

Dr. Maryann Cusimano

Associate Professor in the Politics Department, The Catholic University of America; Fellow at the Commission on International Religious Freedom 

Sally D’Amato

Principal, Deloitte LLP

Dr. Jacquelyn K. Davis

Executive Vice President, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis 

Joyce M. Davis

President, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg; President, Davis and Goodman Media Consultants 

Mimi Dawson

Senior Public Policy Consultant, Wiley Rein LLP 

Sharon Denny

Vice President of Strategic Planning, Raytheon Technical Services

Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala

Former Under-Secretary-General of United Nations 

Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky

Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Nancy Donaldson

Vice President, Dutko Worldwide

Marsha Evans

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Director of Office Depot, Inc., Huntsman Corporation, Weight Watchers International, North Highland and The Estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings; Former Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of the USA; Former President and CEO of the American Red Cross

Evelyn P. Foote

Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired)

Member of the Board of Trustees for the Fund for Peace

Dr. Randall Caroline Forsberg (1943 – 2007)

Founder, Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies 

Dr. Jendayi Frazer

Distinguished Public Service Professor at the Heinz College and Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon; Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Dr. Ellen L. Frost

Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of National Strategic Studies, National Defense University; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic and Technology Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense 

Dr. Lenora Peters Gant

Deputy Assistant Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Intelligence Community Human Capital; Director, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Intelligence Community Policy and Strategic Mission Outreach 

Georgie Anne Geyer

Journalist and Columnist, Universal Press Syndicate 

Valerie Gilpin

Chief, African Programs Branch Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U.S. Department of State

Dr. Natalie J. Goldring

Senior Fellow at the Center for Peace and Security Studies; Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University 

Sherri Goodman

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CAN 

Rose Gottemoeller

Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State; Former Deputy Undersecretary of Energy for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation; Former Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation and National Security, U.S. Department of Energy

Becca Gould

Vice President, Dell 

Dr. Sherry Gray

Coordinator, Global Policy Area, Humphrey Institute 

Melanie Greenberg

President and CEO, the Alliance for Peacebuilding

Dr. Lori Helene Gronich

Professorial Lecturer, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University

Dr. Gwendolyn M. Hall

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Dean, School of Security and Global Studies, American Public University System (APUS); Principal Infrastructure Protection Planner, URSCorp

Carol Rae Hansen

International Affairs and Education Consultant 

Lcdr. Margaret Harlow

U.S. Navy (retired)

Dr. Virginia Haufler

Director of Global Communities, Director of Graduate Placement, and Associate Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland 

Mary Alice Hayward

Director, North American Strategy, AREVA Inc.

Theresa Hitchens

Director, UNIDIR

Amoretta M. Hoeber

President, AMH Consulting

Laurie Hoes

CEO, Strategy, Governance, and Operations, the LcHoesGroup

Laura S. H. Holgate

Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction in the Office of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, National Security Council 

Victoria K. Holt

Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

Karen Elliott House

Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Former Senior Vice President, Dow Jones & Company; Former Publisher, The Wall Street Journal

Dr. Jo Husbands

Scholar/Senior Project Director, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS); Adjunct Professor, Security Studies Program, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University 

Eileen Isola

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Program Manager and Senior Defense Analyst, SAIC, Inc.

Sarah Jackson

 

Deborah James

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force 

Angela Kane

Under Secretary-General for Management, United Nations 

Nancy Landon Kassebaum

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan; Former U.S. Senator (R – KS) 

Yoriko Kawaguchi

Co-Chair of International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and former Foreign Minister

Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher

President emerita and Secretary of Women In International Security, Professor at the University of Maryland, and Professor emeritus at the Naval War College 

Lorelei Kelly

Research Fellow with the Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation; Former Director, New Strategic Security Initiative 

Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend

Chair of the Institute for Human Virology, University of Maryland, College Park; Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland 

Claudia Kennedy

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired)

Chairwoman, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS), U.S. Department of Defense 

Paul Kennedy

  1. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History; Director of International Security Studies; Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University

Tiiu Kera

Major General, U.S. Air Force (Retired)

Former Deputy Chief of the Central Security Service, National Security Agency 

Peggy Knudson

Director of Development, Foreign Policy Studies Program, Brookings Institution 

Col. Barbara Lee

U.S. Army (retired) 

Lora Lumpe

Coordinator for the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs; Senior Associate, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); Consultant for Amnesty International USA 

Dr. Nancy Lubin

President, JNA Associates, Inc

Dr. Jane E. Holl Lute

President and CEO, Council on CyberSecurity; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Former Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations 

Ambassador Eileen Malloy

Member of Board of Directors, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training; Team Leader for Office of Inspector General, U.S. State Department; Former U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan

Dr. Claire Ellen Max

Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz; Director of the Center for Adaptive Optics, National Science Foundation

Dr. Johanna Mendelson-Forman

Senior Advisor with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative, Stimson Center 

Dalia Mogahed

Director of the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center (ADGC) 

Dr. Janne E. Nolan

Research Professor, The George Washington University

Dr. Diana L. Ohlbaum

Senior Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee 

Dr. Deepa Ollapally

Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University Elliott School 

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

President, Women In International Security; Executive Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America

Marie-Laure Poiré

Manager, Communications Office of The Hague Institute for Global Justice 

Elizabeth Pond

Berlin-based American journalist; author, The Rebirth of Europe 

Dana Priest

American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Dr. Aline Quester

Principal Research Scientist, Resource Analysis / Marine Corps Manpower Team, CNA Resource Analysis 

Dr. George Quester

Former Chairman of the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland 

Sue Ramanathan

Counselor to the Secretary, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Lilia L. Ramirez

Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Director for International Programs, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Elisabeth Rehn

Former Minister of Defense and former Minister of Equality Affairs in Finland

Dr. Judith Reppy

Professor emeritus of Peace Studies and Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University

Rozanne L. Ridgway

Former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs at the U.S. 

Mary Robinson

Executive Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, and former President of Ireland 

Joan Rohlfing

President and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative 

Lynn Rusten

Professional Staff Member, Senate Armed Services Committee 

Robin Sanders

Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria

Ann Sauer

Vice President of Washington Operations, Lockheed Martin

Nadia Schadlow

Senior Program Officer, Smith Richardson Foundation 

Dr. Enid B. Schoettle

Independent Consultant in International Affairs; Member, Board of Directors of the Henry L. Stimson Center

Dr. Tammy Schultz

Director of National Security & Joint Warfare, U.S. Marine Corps War College

Harriet Fast Scott

Author

Dr. Mady Wechsler Segal

Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland; Associate Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization 

Dr. Sarah B. Sewall

Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State; Former Professor and Director of the Program on National Security and Human Rights, Harvard University; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Department of Defense 

Dr. Jane M. O. Sharp

Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Dr. Lilia Shevtsova

Co-chair of the Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Project, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

Jolynn Shoemaker

Independent Consultant; Non-Resident Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President of Liberia 

Wendy B. Silverman

Tara Sonenshine

Distinguished Fellow, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Former Executive Vice President, United States Institute of Peace 

Dr. Joanna Spear

Associate Professor and Director of the Security Policy Studies Program, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Linda Staheli

Founding Director, Global Co Lab Network

Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanley

Captain, U.S. Army (Retired); Founder of Mind Fitness Training Institute; Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government, Georgetown University 

Maureen Steinbruner

Vice President, The Center for National Policy 

Dr. Angela Stent

Professor and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Edmund A. School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University 

Cecilie Jorgenson Strommen

Rev. Dr.; Embassy of Norway 

Toni Verstandig

Executive Vice President at The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Jane Wales

President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California; President & Co-Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President of Philanthropy and Society, and Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Aspen Institute 

Margot Wallström

Former Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations 

Ruth Wedgwood

Professor and Director of the International Law and Organizations Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University 

Jennifer Weeks

Board Member, Society of Environmental Journalists; Freelance Writer 

Dr. Carola Weil

Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University

Mitzi M. Wertheim

U.S. Navy (Retired)

Director, the Energy Conversation at the Naval Postgraduate School; Former Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy

Dr. Cindy Williams

Former Principal Research Scientist, Security Studies Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anne Witkowsky

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy & Stability Operations, U.S. Department of Defense; Former Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State 

Meredith Woodruff

Vice-President for Special Programs, ABRAXAS Corporation; Founder and Partner at COPIA Coaching and Consulting 

Dr. Susan Woodward

Professor, Political Science Program, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Patricia Stein Wrightson

Program Director within the Program on Development, Security, and Cooperation, National Academy of Science’s