The Council is a brain trust of distinguished experts and leaders who offer their guidance and support to USIP as we elevate the voices of women peacebuilders. Drawing upon their collective expertise in the fields of gender and peacebuilding, the Council’s core role is to help select the winner of the annual Women Building Peace Award.

The Women Building Peace Council includes:

  • Jacqueline Adams
    J Adams: Strategic Communications, LLC
  • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini
    CEO/Founder, International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)
  • Cynda Collins Arsenault
    Founder, Our Secure Future – Women Make the Difference
  • Gary Barker
    President and CEO, Promundo-US
  • Megan Beyerco-chair
    Principal, Megan C Beyer Associates
  • Marcia Myers Carlucci, co-chair
    Chair, Board of Trustees at National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • Johnnie Carson
    Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Abigail E. Disney
    Filmmaker, Philanthropist and Activist
  • Laurie S. Fulton
    U.S. Ambassador
  • Michelle J. Howard
    Admiral, USN, Retired
  • Nancy Lindborg, honorary chair
    President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Shaista Mahmood
    Founding Member, U.S. Pakistan Women Council
  • Anita McBride
    Executive-In-Residence, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University
  • Dina Powell McCormick
    Management Committee Member, Goldman Sachs
  • Pat Mitchell
    Founder and CEO, Pat Mitchell Media
  • Michelle Nunn
    President & CEO, CARE USA
  • Maya Soetoro
    Associate Specialist, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Toni Verstandig
    Co-Founder and Executive Director, Verstandig Family Foundation
  • Melanne Verveer
    Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security