October 12, 2022


LCWINS Announces Independent Nonprofit Status and New Additions to Its Leadership

Three years after its founding, the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) has transitioned its status to an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, effective July 1, 2022. Before this transition, LCWINS operated under the fiscal sponsorship of the Pacific Council on International Policy.  

“We are proud of the impact LCWINS has achieved since its original conception and we’re grateful to the Pacific Council for their support of our founders’ idea and subsequent growth. This first year of independent operations is an important step toward the sustainability of our mission to advance gender parity in senior national security and foreign policy leadership,” said Emily Perkins, Executive Director of LCWINS.

Along with this milestone, LCWINS is pleased to welcome two new leaders.  

LCWINS Chair ShellyO’Neill Stoneman said, “It is an honor to welcome these incredibly talented women to LCWINS. I’m excited to work with them to augment the mission and impact of this important organization.”

As LCWINS embraces its new independence, these exceptional women join their peers in a commitment to supporting LCWINS’ timely work of building a bipartisan community that strengthens U.S. national security through diverse and inclusive leadership.


 The Leadership Council for Women in National Security improves national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity, have equal space at the policy-making table. LCWINS is an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce.

For more information, contact: Press@lcwins.org  |  703-795-1929