LCWINS

LCWINS was founded by a group of women experts in national security who were meeting informally to support each other.  

Over lunch one day in Washington, DC, they decided to form an organization to address the inequities they had seen and experienced throughout their careers. Through their networks, they organized a leadership council; women and allies devoted to improving national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity, are represented at the decision-making table. Learn more about their inspiration by reading the #PeopleofLCWINS series!

Tamara Cofman Wittes one of the founders of LCWINS
The LCWINS Story

LCWINS officially launched on June 25, 2019. With a presidential election on the horizon, we determined to help the winner elevate as many women as possible to senior national security leadership.

We put together a database of over 900 women who are well-qualified and ready to serve in senior national security positions. We put together a series of webinars to help interested candidates better understand the political appointments process. And we advocated for best practices in hiring to improve diversity in national security leadership. Now we are tracking the progress of this Administration: follow along with the LCWINS Tracker

The LCWINS Approach

LCWINS works on behalf of all women, in all their diversity. To learn more about LCWINS' commitment to inclusion, please check out our Action Plans.

The Leadership Council of LCWINS is a group of individuals who have committed their time, energy and funding toward the LCWINS mission of improving women's representation at the decision-making table. Our advocacy and our initiatives are focused on all women in the national security field and are free for anyone: our webinars, our database efforts and Help@LCWINS are just a few examples of the resources we have provided thus far.

We believe strongly in treating each other respectfully and will hold ourselves to the highest standards. To that end, please take a look at the LCWINS Respectful Behavior Policy.

LCWINS Strategic Plan

Over the summer we developed our strategic plan for the next five years. The plan outlines who we are, our mission, vission, and our priorities for the coming years. Read our strategic plan here.

LCWINS Funding and Support

We would not be where we are today without the support of our major funders. With deepest gratitude, we thank LCWINS Champions: Open Society Foundations, Schmidt Futures, and the Starr Foundation. We also depend greatly upon the individual donations from supporters and members of our community. Anyone interested in contributing to the LCWINS mission can do so here. We continue to thank the Pacific Council on International Policy for their continuing support as our fiscal sponsors!

WILL YOU JOIN US?

When supporting us, we fight together to survive.

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Our mission

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Our goals

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  • Help children

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  • Provide clean water

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  • Safe housing

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