Ambassador Dana Shell Smith, who retired from the foreign service in 2017, is now serving on the COVID-19 front lines in a new role. After contracting COVID-19 herself in early March, she is using her presumed immunity to serve. Dana was lucky to have a relatively mild case, to have been tested confirming her positive diagnosis, and that she is COVID-free after having recovered.
Now Dana is serving as a volunteer with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps. Among other assignments, she is assisting, alongside her son, at a facility where low-income and homeless COVID-positive (or presumed positive) people are able to isolate. Dana is the ultimate public servant - giving back to her community where the need is greatest.
Ambassador Nina Hachigian currently serves as the Deputy Mayor of International Affairs for Los Angeles. Nina is one of the essential local leaders in California who have helped that state avoid the catastrophic effects seen in the New York area.
As Deputy Mayor, Nina’s role is to connect Los Angeles with other cities and countries to learn and share best practices for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. She also helps coordinate donations of PPE as well as funds for assistance to the most vulnerable from governments and diaspora communities. She works to have vital COVID messaging translated into other languages and has fielded leads on PPE production from foreign companies. Nina also serves on the LCWINS Executive Committee and as a Co-Chair of LCWINS’s work to implement gender parity in senior national security leadership in the next administration.
Camille Stewart is the Head of Security Policy for Android and Google Play at Google. She is part of the team working to ensure that the apps on the Google Play Store provide accurate and authoritative COVID-19 health and response information as part of Google's commitment to help with COVID-19 response. Additionally, she supported the work on the Google and Apple Exposure notification system.
Professor Rosa Brooks is a well-known scholar and commentator on defense and policing issues -- and she is also a reserve police officer in Washington DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. She has turned her expertise into actionable advice, by focusing her writing on the COVID crisis. In April, Rosa had an op-ed in the Washington Post advocating that we move away from standard policing practices during the pandemic. With Christy Lopez, she also published a white paper on policing during the pandemic through Georgetown’s Innovative Policing Project and Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. These clear-eyed and rapid responses to the needs of this country as we battle unprecedented times with new policy ideas and fresh perspectives are indicative of the type of leadership LCWINS seeks to champion. RTosa; serves on the Executive Committee of LCWINS.
Suzanne Nossel, who holds a place on the LCWINS Steering Committee, is the Chief Executive Officer of PEN America, the leading human rights and free expression organization. Now PEN America is turning a major focus to the free speech implications of the COVID crisis. The big issues they tackle include: truth and disinformation, saving local news and press freedom.
Since this crisis began, Suzanne has been at the forefront. Using her influence and her expertise, she has published three articles in Foreign Policy, helping explain the free expression implications of the COVID crisis, especially considering the responses by the Chinese and American governments. PEN America is also very active in fighting both COVID-related and political disinformation and in spotlighting abuses to free expression and civil liberties happening under cover of COVID. Be on the lookout for her new book - Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All (HarperCollins) in July!