Melanne Verveer is executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Previously, Verveer was U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues during the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013. During the Clinton administration, she served as assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady. In addition, Verveer has served as special representative for gender issues for the chairmanship of the OSCE; U.S. representative to the UN commission on the status of women; chair, co-CEO, and co-founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO invested in emerging women leaders; and 2013 Humanitas Visiting professor at Cambridge University.

Verveer is the author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose and is the recipient of the U.S. Secretary of State's Award for Distinguished Service.

Last Updated: March 6, 2018