Ambassador Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She most recently 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 helped develop the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. She has also served as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, and Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration.