WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of Women for Women International (WfWI) announced today that women’s empowerment and human rights advocate Jennifer L. Windsor will serve as its next chief executive officer.
Windsor is the third chief executive to lead the global development organization that has served more than 420,000 women living in conflict-affected countries since its founding in 1993 by visionary leaders Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah. The organization's 500 staff are located in 11 country offices. Windsor will be based at the headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“We believe Jennifer is exactly the strong, committed leader that Women for Women International needs to move forward and advance its vision and mission. A passionate advocate for the rights of women around the world, Jennifer will be drawing on the organization's powerful 20 year record to boost the reach and results of our programs," said Danuta Lockett, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Windsor comes to WfWI after four years at Georgetown University where she served as Associate Dean for Programs in the School of Foreign Service. Under her leadership she oversaw the creation of the Georgetown Initiative for Women, Peace and Security and served as its Interim Director.
"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead Women for Women International, the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the most marginalized women affected by conflict and war and living in the most difficult places," said Windsor. “The women we serve -- their courage, their strength and their resilience -- are an inspiration to me. I look forward to working with the talented staff and dedicated board members to further advance the mission and reach of Women for Women International."
For nearly ten years, Windsor served as Executive Director of Freedom House where she tripled the operating budget and expanded its programmatic reach to dozens of countries affected by conflict and human rights abuses. Windsor also initiated programs to support women’s rights in Jordan and family law reform in Kuwait and Bahrain and created a new assessment tool designed to measure the state of women’s rights in the Middle East.
Windsor began her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where from 1991 to 2000 she led efforts to create and build the Center for Democracy and Governance and served as its Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator. Under her leadership, women’s political empowerment became an important part of USAID’s democracy programming.
She holds a Master in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University.
About Women for Women International
Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has provided women survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. WfWI delivers these resources through a tiered, yearlong program that begins with direct financial aid and emotional support. Participants also learn about their legal rights; receive life-skills training such as health awareness, numeracy, budgeting and saving, decision-making and negotiation, and civic participation; learn business and vocational skills; and gain access to income-generating activities where they can apply those skills and begin moving towards economic stability. Along with helping more than 420,000 women in the past 20 years to rebuild their own lives and those of their families and communities after war, WfWI uses its voice to call global attention to the unique role that women play in advancing peace throughout society. WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.