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:

Joe Biden
Bernie Sanders

Michael Bennet
Mike Bloomberg
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Julian Castro
Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
John Hickenlooper

Amy Klobuchar
Seth Moulton
Beto O’Rourke
Tim Ryan
Tom Steyer
Eric Swalwell
Elizabeth Warren
Bill Weld

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

Rose
Jackson

CEO, Beacon

Tracey Ann
Jacobson

Retired ambassador

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

Derek
Johnson

Executive Director, Global Zero

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

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

Gentry
Lane

CEO, ANOVA Intelligence

Jessica
Lee

Senior Director, Council of Korean Americans

Jessica
Lee

Senior Research Fellow for East Asia, Quincy Institute

Gabriela
Lemus

CEO of Revolution Strategy US

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

Patti
Morrissey

Senior Advisor, Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, ODNI

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

Laura
Reed

Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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

Lindsay
Rodman

LCWINS Executive Director, former Executive Vice President of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America

Elizabeth
Rosen

Executive Advisor to the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy

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

Rina
Shah

Adviser, VoteRunLead

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

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