LCWINS

Pledge for Gender Parity in National Security Appointments

Keeping our nation safe and furthering American interests abroad are sacred Presidential duties. To advance these goals, America needs the best possible team of professionals.

Research shows that diverse teams are stronger and more effective: they are more creative and innovative and more likely to avoid dangerous “groupthink.” Yet women, especially women of color, are woefully underrepresented in senior positions in national security and foreign policy.

This lack of gender parity is due not to a lack of exceptional female candidates but to a lack of intentional, committed leadership.

Gender diversity is both an issue of fundamental fairness and, critically, necessary to strengthen the performance of our national security institutions. We need bold leadership to address this imbalance.

For these reasons, we call upon all 2020 candidates for President of the United States to make a public pledge that, if they become President, they will strive for gender parity in senior national security and foreign policy appointments.

We encourage the next President to nominate women to senior positions in national security that have never been filled by women before, and to ensure that women of color are well represented in senior ranks. The goal should be senior leadership teams that are as diverse as America itself.

This means:

Presidential campaigns can demonstrate their commitment to these ideals now by choosing senior advisors who reflect America’s diversity.

The Leadership Council for Women in National Security stands ready to work with campaigns and transition teams to develop effective recruiting, screening and hiring processes and identify highly qualified candidates for every national security position.

America is strongest when it draws on the talent of all its citizens.

The Leadership Council for Women in National Security


Candidates who have made the pledge:
Michael Bennet
Joe Biden
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Julian Castro
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
John Hickenlooper
Seth Moulton
Amy Klobuchar
Beto O’Rourke
Tim Ryan
Bernie Sanders
Tom Steyer
Eric Swalwell
Elizabeth Warren
Bill Weld



Members of LCWINS and the national security community who have joined our call for gender parity:

Gina
Abercrombie-Winstanley

Founder and co-chair, LCWINS; Former Ambassador to Republic of Malta and Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism, State Department

Dax
Abrams

Maureen
Ahmed

Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. State Department

Andrew
Albertson

Executive Director, Foreign Policy for America

Lissette
Almodovar-Kline

Lisa
Amabile

Diane Marie
Amann

Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law

Virginia
Antonio

Anthony Clark
Arend

Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Chris
Armstrong

Co-Owner of Veritas Culture; former Culture and Diversity Executive for DIA and NGA

Kishla
Askins

Tom
Atkin

Caroline
Atkinson

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Senior Advisor, Rock Creek; Former Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economics

Trina
Aurin

Amy
Barrett

Leslie
Bassett

Former Ambassador

Denise Campbell
Bauer

Former Ambassador

Lionel
Beehner

Research Director, U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Modern War Institute

Colleen
Bell

Former Ambassador

John
Bellinger

Steering Committee, LCWINS; partner, Arnold & Porter; former Legal Advisor for the Department of State

Jenna
Ben-Yehuda

Steering Committee, LCWINS; President, Truman National Security Project; former State Department

Allison
Benjamin

Nora
Bensahel

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Senior Fellow, Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies; Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies, SAIS

Max
Bergmann

Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Seth
Binder

Advocacy Officer, Project of Middle East Democracy

Tony
Blinken

Honorary Advisory Committee, LCWINS; Former Deputy Secretary of State and Deputy National Security Advisor

John
Bordeaux

Senior Management Scientist

Aurelia E.
Brazeal

Senior Seminar Board member; immediate past President of the Association of Black American Ambassadors

Reuben
Brigety

Overall co-chair, LCWINS; Dean, Elliot School, George Washington University; former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union

Erin
Bromaghim

Former Department of Defense

Rosa
Brooks

Founder and development chair, LCWINS; Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy at Georgetown Law; former Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Shannon
Bryan

Booz Allen Hamilton

Lauren
Buitta

Founder, Girl Security

Prudence
Bushnell

Former Ambassador to the Republics of Kenya and Guatemala

Piper
Campbell

CEO, Campbell Wind LLC; former Ambassador

Emma
Campbell-Mohn

Doctoral candidate, MIT

Julia
Canney

Senior Program Assistant

Asha
Castleberry

Combat Veteran

Elisa
Catalano Ewers

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Judith B.
Cefkin

Former Ambassador

Rebecca Bill
Chavez

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Senior Fellow, InterAmerican Dialogue; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, WHA

Jon
Cheatwood

Portfolio Manager

Derek
Chollet

Executive Vice President, German Marshall Fund; former Assistant Secretary of Defense

David S.
Cohen

Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Joseph J.
Collins

Professor, National Defense University

Anne
Connell

Senior Data Advisor, Equal Measures 2030

Maura
Connelly

Former Ambassador

Lauren
Conroy

Analyst

Elinor
Constable

American Academy of Diplomacy; former Ambassador

Erin
Cooper

Student

Cindy
Courville

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Former U.S. Ambassador to the African Union and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council

Bathsheba
Crocker

Humanitarian and Vice President, CARE

Meghann
Curtis

Chief Operating Officer, Leadership Now Project

Melissa
Dalton

Director, Cooperative Defense Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Janine
Davidson

Steering Committee, LCWINS; President, Metropolitan State University of Denver; former Under Secretary of the United States Navy

Kent
Davis

Maria
Dayton

Cofounder, Transterra Media

Mary
DeRosa

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Professor at Georgetown Law; former Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs

Elizabeth M.
Dent

Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute

Laura
Dickinson

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Professor at George Washington Law; former Special Counsel to the Department of Defense General Counsel

Eileen
Donahoe

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Executive Director of of Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University; former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council

Laura
Donohue

Future initiatives chair, LCWINS; professor at Georgetown Law and Director of the Center on National Security and the Law; amici curiae, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

Daniel
Drezner

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Professor, Tufts University; nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution

Mackenzie
Eaglen

Steering Committee, LCWINS; resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; former House of Representatives, Senate, and Pentagon staff

Mieke
Eoyang

Launch chair, LCWINS; Vice President, Third Way, National Security Program; former Subcommittee Staff Director on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Kathie
Ewers

Ariel
Fanger

Government Relations Associate, Defense and National Security, at Velos

Evelyn
Farkas

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Ph.D; Partner, Scarlet Oak Advisors; Resident Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund; National Security Contributer, NBC

Sita
Farrel

Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department

Maggie
Feldman-Piltch

Founder, #NatSecGirlSquad

Jon
Finer

Adjunct Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Gina
Fiore

Senior Associate

Michele
Flournoy

Honorary Advisory Committee, LCWINS; CEO, WestExec Advisors; former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Price
Floyd

Director of Campaigns and Communications, CTF Global

Sandra
Floyd

Defense Contractor

Kirsten
Fontenrose

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Senior Vice President of Global Relations, Sonoran Policy Group; former NSC Senior Director, Gulf Affairs

Joanna
Freudenheim

Analyst, Department of Defense

Michael
Fuchs

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Jana Chapman
Gates

Strategic Communications Consultant

Ilan
Goldenberg

Director of the Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Charlotte
Gorman

Research Intern, Africa Center for Strategic Studies (NDU)

Dr. Jerrold D.
Green

Honorary Advisory Committee, LCWINS; President and CEO, Pacific Council on International Policy

Amy
Green

Karen J.
Greenberg

Director, Center on National Security at Fordham Law

George
Grossman

Professor, Central Michigan University

Kat
Haber

Charter President, WE Rotary

Nina
Hachigian

Founder and 2020 Chair, LCWINS; former U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, NSC staff

Pamela
Hamamoto

Former Ambassador

Muhammad
Hanif Gul

Oona
Hathaway

Professor, Yale Law School

Caroline
Heldman

Executive Director, The Representation Project

Sara
Helfer

Chief of Strategy, Department of Energy Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

Kath
Hicks

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Senior Vice President, CSIS; former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Laura
Holgate

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Vice President, Nuclear Threat Initiative; former Special Assistant to the President for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction

Michael
Horowitz

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Vince
Houghton

Historian and Curator, International Spy Museum

Heather
Hurlburt

Founder and launch chair, LCWINS; Director, New America Program on Policy Alternatives; former National Security Network

Rose
Jackson

CEO, Beacon

Crystal
James

Head and Assoc. Professor, Graduate Public Health, Tuskegee University

Natalie
Jaresko

Executive Director, Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico; former Minister of Finance, Ukraine

Bonnie
Jenkins

Future initiatives chair, LCWINS; President, Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation; former Ambassador

Kathryn
Jensen

M. Tia
Johnson

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Georgetown Law Visiting Professor of Law and Director, National Security LL.M Program; former Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs, US DHS

Derek
Johnson

Executive Director, Global Zero

Ana
Jones

Lauren
Jones

Educator

Connor
Joseph Wangler

National Security Associate, HWC

Alexandra
Kahan

BCG; former Department of State

Kim
Kahnhauser Freeman

Executive Director, Women's Foreign Policy Group

Jonathan
Kaplan

Communications Officer, Open Society Foundations

Bozkurt
Karaoglan

Poet

Mara
Karlin

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Professor, SAIS; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Whitney
Kassel

Vice President, Cybersecurity Fusion Center at Morgan Stanley

Juliette
Kayyem

Senior Lecturer, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Andrea
Kendall-Taylor

Senior Fellow and Director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Laura
Kennedy

Foreign Policy 4 America, Arms Control Association; fomer Ambassador

Humera
Khan

President, Muflehun

Laura
Khor

Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton

Beverly
Kirk

Launch chair, LCWINS; Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, CSIS; former journalist at NBC and NPR

Kati
Koster

Maureen
Kovchok

Nurse

Lisa
Kubiske

Former Ambassador

Andrew
Lakritz

Deborah
Landau

Program Officer

Roxanne
Leo

Dawn
Liberi

Former Ambassador to Burundi, Founder Dikenga LLC

Carmen
Lomellin

LGP, LLC; former Ambassador to the OAS

Kelly
Magsamen

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Vice President for National Security and International Policy at CAP; former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Nasreen
Maiwandi

Tom
Malinowski

Honorary Advisory Committee, LCWINS; U.S. Representative from the 7th District of New Jersey

Eileen A.
Malloy

Former Ambassador

Susan
Markham

Partner, Smash Strategies

Elisa
Massimino

Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Dennise
Mathieu

American Academy of Diplomacy; former Ambassador

Anja
Mauel

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Co-Founder and Partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC; Lecturer at Stanford; former Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State

Isabel
Maxwell

Mary
McCord

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Senior Litigator and Visiting Professor of Law, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown Law; former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Nancy
McEldowney

Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service; former Ambassador

Michael
McFaul

Professor, Stanford University

Jenna
McLaughlin

National Security Reporter, Yahoo News

Theo
Milonopoulos

PhD Candidate, Columbia University

Amanda
Moodie

Researcher, National Defense University

Colleen
Moore

Digital Engagement Manager, Global Zero

Jonathan
Morgenstein

Senior Researcher for Renewable & Resilient Energy

Cas
Mudde

Stanley Wade Shelton Professor, University of Georgia

Dipali
Mukhopadhyay

Associate Professor of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University

Crystal
Nix-Hines

Attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; former Ambassador to UNESCO

Suzanne
Nossel

Steering Committee, LCWINS; CEO, PEN America; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Jim
O'Brien

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Founder, Albright Stonebridge Group; former Special Presidential Envoy to the Balkans

Gigi
O'Connell

PR & Communications Associate, TRACE

Jung
Pak

Steering Committee, LCWINS; senior fellow at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies; former Central Intelligence Agency

Won
Palisoul

Defense Council Member, Truman Project

Ankit
Panda

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists

Nancy
Parrish

Executive Director, Women's Action for New Directions (WAND)

June Carter
Perry

Senior Seminar Board and Association of Black American Ambassadors; former Ambassador

Allison
Peters

Future initiatives chair, LCWINS; Deputy Director of the National Security Program, Third Way; former Advisor to United Nations

Larry
Pfeiffer

Director, Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security

Annie
Pforzheimer

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan, former Deputy Chief of Mission, Kabul

Corinne
Pina

Savilla
Pitt

Manager, Cyber & Technology Program, The Aspen Intitute

Joan
Plaisted

American Academy of Diplomacy; former ambassador

John
Podesta

Founder and Board Member, Center for American Progress

Eric G.
Postel

Former Associate Administrator, USAID

Brad
Potter

PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Marsha
Power

Jeffrey
Prescott

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Executive Director, National Security Action; Senior Fellow, Penn Biden Center; former Senior Director, National Security Council and Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President

Charlotte
Putney

Deputy Treasury Attaché, Department of the Treasury

James
Raimondo

Director, U.S. Navy Office of Talent Optimization

Lauren
Rajczak

Associate Director, Global Safety and Security

Charlene
Rallo

Robin L.
Raphel

CSIS; former Assistant Secretary of State

Nick
Rasmussen

Steering Committee, LCWINS; McCain Institute; former director of National Counterterrorism Center

Dan
Restrepo

Senior Fellow, CAP; former SAP/NSC Senior Director

Ben
Rhodes

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Co-Chair of National Security Action; former Deputy National Security Advisor

Brenan
Richards

Foreign Affairs Specialist, Department of Defense

Laura
Rosenberger

Steering Committee, LCWINS; German Marshall Fund; former NSC director for China and Korea

David
Rothkopf

Steering Committee, LCWINS; CEO, the Rothkopf Group; former CEO and editor of FP Group

Josh
Rudolph

Fellow for Malign Finance, Alliance for Securing Democracy

Janet
Sanderson

Former Ambassador

Julia
Santucci

Senior Lecturer in Intelligence Studies, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Kori
Schake

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Deputy Director General, International Institute for Strategic Studies; former Deputy Head of Policy Planning, State Department

Bob
Scher

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Head of International Affairs for BP America; former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Loren
Schulman

Governance chair, LCWINS; Deputy Director of Studies for CNAS; former Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor

David
Schwartz

Professor

Deepa
Shah

Derek
Shearer

Director, McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Occidental College; former Ambassador

Josette
Sheeran

Steering Committee, LCWINS; President and CEO of the Asia Society; former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme

David
Shorr

Consultant

Dilpreet
Sidhu

Former State Department and National Security Council

Erin
Simpson

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Director of Strategic Analysis, Northrup Grumman

Melanie W.
Sisson

Senior Fellow, Stimson Center

Dana Shell
Smith

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Georgetown Senior Non-resident Fellow; former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar

Julie
Smith

Founder and development chair, LCWINS; Bosch Academy, Berlin; former Deputy National Security Advisor to VP Biden

Michelle
Smith

Mireya
Solis

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings Institution

Zoe
Spiropoulou

Zoe
Stanley-Lockman

Associate Research Fellow, RSIS

Jane
Stromseth

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Professor of Law at Georgetown University; former Deputy to the Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice, State Department

Jake
Sullivan

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Co-chair, National Security Action; former Director of Policy Planning, State Department

Mona
Sutphen

2020 pledge chair, LCWINS; Senior Advisor, Vistria Group; former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama

Rachel
Tecott

PhD candidate, MIT

Julia
Tedesco

Program Administrator, Center on National Security at Fordham Law

Caroline
Tess

Interim Executive Director, LCWINS; Senior Fellow, Penn Biden Center; former Special Assistant to the President at the National Security Council

Linda
Thomas-Greenfield

Albright Stonebridge Group; former Ambassador

James
Todhunter

Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Iona College

George
Trowbridge

Director, Ward Circle Strategies

Richard
Verma

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Vice Chairman, The Asia Group; former U.S. Ambassador to India

Melanne
Verveer

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security; former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues

Rachel
Vogelstein

2020 pledge chair, LCWINS; Director of Women and Foreign Policy program, CFR; former State Department senior advisor

David
Wade

Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of State

Marcelle M.
Wahba

President Emeritus, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington; former Ambassador

Dr. Nancy J.
Walker

J Walkers Action Group

Emily
Weinstein

Analyst

Jessica Chen
Weiss

Associate Professor, Cornell University

Bisa
Williams

Former Ambassador

Doug
Wilson

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Chairman Emeritus, Board of Trustees for the Truman Center; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs

Anne
Witkowsky

Steering Committee, LCWINS; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Tamara Cofman
Wittes

Founder, LCWINS; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs

Christine
Wormuth

Honorary Advisory Committee, LCWINS; Director of RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center; former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Katherine
Wright

Shearman & Sterling

William
Wu

Policy and Budget Director, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Mary Carlin
Yates

Former FSO Dept of State; Currently, Board Director, Atlantic Council; Trustee, Oregon State University Foundation; Trustee, Board of Regents Oregon State University Honors College; Board of Trustees World Oregon (World Affairs Council)

Sarah
Yerkes

Fellow, Carnegie Endowment

Dr. Ahmed
Younis

Assistant Professor, Chapman University

Emma
Yourd

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