Almost 100 leaders of partisan and non-partisan organizations promoting women’s high-level political leadership have gathered regularly since 2009 under our auspices. Add the “Unconventional Women” whom we’ve hosted at political conventions of both major parties.Read More
Dean Nye said that one of his most important legacies at the Kennedy School was recruiting me to design a new center, the Women and Public Policy Program (with the most unfortunate, aggressive acronym, “WAPPP”). I lobbied unsuccessfully for “Gender and Public Policy Program.” Seemed to me “GAPPP” said it all.Read More
I settled (as much as I settle) in Denver; our home was a hub of theological thought and social justice activism. My public involvement increased, even as I raised a family and earned a second master’s and a doctorate (Iliff School of Theology). I threw myself into initiatives focused on marginalized members of the community. Meanwhile, I found an enduring spiritual retreat at my ranch in the Kenosha Mountains, and my children became not just dear hassles but also a deep joy.Read More
Swanee Hunt is President of Hunt Alternatives, which for more than three decades has advanced innovative and systemic approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. Her work related to combating the demand for illegal purchased sex (including trafficking) and promoting the full inclusion of women leaders in international security processes spans more than sixty countries.
From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Hunt served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Austria, where she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on the warring Balkan states, which had descended into bloodshed and destruction. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for nineteen years, she is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program (a research center she directed for a decade), core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership, and senior adviser to the working group on modern-day slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She holds two masters degrees, a doctorate in theology, and six honorary degrees.
Ambassador Hunt has been a syndicated columnist and authored articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Magazine, New York Times, L.A. Times, International Herald Tribune, et al. Her first book, This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, won the 2005 PEN/New England Award for non-fiction. She has also authored Half-Life of a Zealot, Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security and Rwandan Women Rising (2017, analyzing how women became an effective 64% of the parliament, half the supreme court, and half the president’s cabinet).
Swanee Hunt recently summited Kilimanjaro with two new knees, for which she reserves bragging rights for decades to come. A photographer (six one-woman shows) and composer (“The Witness Cantata”), she was married for 25 years to international conductor and impresario Charles Ansbacher. Her world includes their three children, plus a menagerie of cat, parrot, horses, bison, and grandchildren.