In January 2017, Stephenie Foster left the United States Department of State where she worked to advance the rights of, and opportunities for, women and girls. At the State Department, Stephenie served as Senior Advisor/Counselor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and also served at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan where she focused on women and civil society. Prior to joining the State Department, she had her own consulting firm, with an emphasis on domestic and international policy advocacy, government affairs, program development and training, and law. In both the US and abroad, she has worked extensively on programs to increase core civic engagement and advocacy skills, particularly of women; strategic planning; corporate and democratic governance; and project planning and management. Stephenie has worked in private law practice, as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, and in senior management positions in the non-profit sector. She has published extensively on women and politics. Stephenie is currently on the boards of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, both based in Washington, DC. She received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.R.P. from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of California. She is currently an Executive in Residence at American University in Washington, DC.


The Nexus of Success: How Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment are Intertwined
Importance of Investing in Women and Girls at Home and Abroad
Women, Peace and Security: An International Perspective
Gender and Peace-Building: the U.S. Experience - Advancing Women’s Leadership and Participation in Peace-Building and Disaster Risk Reduction
The Many Ways and Platforms to Advance Gender Equality
The Role of Women:  What Does Innovation with a Gender Lens Look Like?
Increasing the Number of Women in STEM

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