International Women of Elliott at GW's Elliott School of International Affairs


Twenty years ago, in October 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted a landmark resolution affirming the need for women to participate fully in society and global affairs. Across the map, the resolution declares, women must be empowered if we are to establish a more peaceful, secure, and just world. 

In accord with this resolution, the Elliott School has launched a leadership group exclusively for women. I/WE – the GW International Women of Elliott – is designed to raise the global visibility and connectivity of female leaders in the Elliott community. I/WE will bring together women in leadership positions for robust dialogue on the unique opportunities and challenges they face. In addition, I/WE members will champion the female students of Elliott to ensure those who choose to lead have the resources and tools to do so. The I/WE network is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in international affairs by creating opportunities for women of all backgrounds to become global leaders.


Co-Chair Julie Monaco


"My Elliott School education is why I have succeeded in a career in global banking. My international affairs degree gave me the foundation of understanding and instilled a passion to continue explore and learn about all the political and economic challenges my clients in 150+ countries face every day. Throughout my career, I had fantastic mentors and teachers, both men and women, who helped me grow and contribute in a way that would not be possible without them.  I look forward to being part of this initiative and providing more young women the vast opportunities that an Elliott School education will provide them."

Co-chair Julie Monaco, BA ’85
Senior Executive, Citi



"I look forward with tremendous enthusiasm about leading the GW International Women of Elliott with my fellow alumnae leaders.  Our goal with the creation of I/WE is to celebrate the many and significant successes of the Elliott School's diverse alumnae across industries, as well as to establish a powerful and influential global network of Elliott women: alumnae, parents, industry leaders, and students. I/WE supports scholarships and fellowships for female students at Elliott, inspires future leaders through mentorship, and helps them launch their careers."

Co-chair Susan Stautberg, MA ’70
Governance Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital


Susan Stautberg



Vice-Chair Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley


"I am excited to join the GW International Women of Elliott. I/WE's mission to support female scholarships and female graduate fellowships and diversity in I/WE membership and programs is 'mission critical' in helping to attract the best and brightest students to Elliott who will be future leaders in business, public policy, government, and international affairs. As a former Ambassador, I know that ensuring women participate fully in society and in international affairs, as the UN resolution on women declares, is essential to a more peaceful world."

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, BA '80, Executive Circle Member 
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State


Executive Circle Members









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Upcoming & Past Events

April 28, 2021

View recording: Celebrating 60 Years of the Peace Corps with Acting Director Carol Spahn, ESIA MA '00

March 8, 2021

View recording: I/WE presents Meeting the Moment with Google's Brooke Pearson, ESIA MIPP '16

November 16, 2020

View recording of inaugural I/WE event: "Closing the Gender Gap" with Anita Bhatia of UN Women



The I/WE Executive Circle plays a key leadership role in the network and engages with the Elliott School through philanthropic support for women’s student scholarships, participation in annual meetings and events, and the development of programming. Executive Circle members commit to a three-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $5,000 for three years.

  • Co-Chair: Julie A. Monaco, BA ’85, Chair, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Managing Director and Global Head, Public Sector Group, Corporate and Investment Banking Division, Citi (New York)
  • Co-Chair: Susan Stautberg, MA ’70, Governance Advisor, Atlantic Street Capital; CEO, Belizean Grove (Palm Beach)
  • Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, BA ’80, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State; U.S. Ambassador to Malta, 2012-2016 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Alia Marwah Eyres, BA ’01, Chair Emeritus, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Chief Executive Officer, Mother’s Choice (Hong Kong)
  • Lindsay Gardner, BA ’72, Senior Director, Corporate Business Development, Trimble (Denver)
  • Connie Gonzalez, MA ’03, Senior Program Officer, Center for Women’s Economic Empowerment, Center for International Private Enterprise (El Salvador)
  • Julia P. Gregory, BA ’74, Executive Chair, Cavion Inc.; Chairman and CEO, Isometry Advisors, Inc. (New York)
  • Ana M. Guevara, BA ’85, Strategy Consultant, Aventi Associates (Miami)
  • Joanne Hill, MA ’75, Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy, Cboe Vest (Washington, D.C.)
  • Priscilla Hoffman-Stowe, MA ’79, Senior Level Management Consultant, The Kenjya Group, consulting with the U.S. State Department (Washington, D.C.)
  • Daryle Elizabeth Lademan, MA '95, Director of Strategy and Planning, BAE Systems, Electronic Systems (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jacqueline Magid, BA ’87, Founder and President, Inviato Travel LLC (New York)
  • Mary Margaret McLeroy, BA ’01, Deputy General Counsel, Trilogy Education (Washington, D.C.)
  • Samia Melhem, MS ’88, MBA ’05, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Lead Policy Officer, Transport and ICT Global Practice, The World Bank (Washington, D.C.)
  • Jessica Panchatha, BA ’01, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State (Indonesia)
  • Wellesley Parker, BA ’07, Senior Trade Compliance Program Manager, Amazon (Seattle)
  • Brooke Pearson, MIPP ’16, Staff Program Manager, Privacy Sandbox, Google (San Francisco)
  • Maria Proestou, BA ’92, Executive Vice President, Government and Customer Relations, VT Group (Washington, D.C.)
  • Milagros Resto, BA ’92, Director, Market Executive, Corporate Banking - Florida, HSBC Bank N.A. (Miami)
  • Jenna Segal, BA ’98, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Founder, CEO, and Executive Producer, Segal NYC Productions (New York)
  • Jennifer A. Shore, MA ’96, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, Democrats Abroad Switzerland; former Vice President, Citigroup (Geneva)
  • Rebecca B. Thompson, MA ’91, Elliott School Board of Advisors; Foreign Service Officer (retired), U.S. State Department (Fayetteville, AR)
  • Tiffany Townsend, BA ’01, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (New York)
  • Laura Wais, BA ’71, Underwater Photographer, Laura Wais Underwater Imaging (San Francisco)
  • Natalia Xiomara, BA ’94, Principal and Founder, Employment Resource Team, LLC (New Haven, CT)  

The I/WE Leadership Circle engages with the Elliott School through philanthropic support for women’s student scholarships and participation in events and programming, including opportunities for intimate gatherings with women leaders and speakers. Leadership Circle members commit to a two-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $2,500 for two years.

Young alumnae who have graduated within ten years from the Elliott School will receive special consideration to join the Leadership Circle. Alumnae who graduated in the past five years commit to a two-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $250 for two years. Alumnae who graduated six to ten years out commit to a two-year membership term at this level with an annual gift of $500 for two years. 

  • Captain Danielle DeFant, MIPP ’06, Global Force Management, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (Washington, D.C.)
  • Kristy Densmore, MA ’17, Senior Program Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Sony (Washington, D.C.)
  • Carrie Hull, BA ’06, Executive Director, Great Meadow Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
  • Yadira Molina, MA ’20, Graduate Admissions Counselor, Office of Graduate Admissions, GW Elliott School of International Affairs (Washington, D.C.)   
  • Grace Robinson, BA ’20, Marketing Analyst, Wellzesta, Inc. (Washington, D.C.)

General membership is open to all Elliott School alumnae and women students. An annual gift is encouraged but not required for participation. All donations will benefit women's student scholarships at the Elliott School. General members will be invited to participate in I/WE events and programming. Please complete this form to join.

  • Amy Aldrich, Associate Director of Development Communications and Stewardship
  • Paula Alonso, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs
  • Nicole Campbell, Director of Graduate Admissions
  • Yvonne Captain, MIPP ’04, Associate Professor of Latin American Film and Literature and International Affairs
  • Marina Cvetkovic, Financial Analyst
  • Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, CCAS PhD ’11, Associate Professor of International Affairs; Director, Humanitarian Assistance Initiative
  • Christina Fink, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs
  • Margaret Fitzgerald, Associate Director of Development
  • Elaine Garbe, MA ’08, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Programs
  • Shirley Graham, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director, Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs
  • Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Theatre; International Affairs; and East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Robin Khan, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Kathryn Kleppinger, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies and International Affairs
  • Elizabeth Lusk, Academic Advisor, Graduate Student Services
  • Judy Mannix, Special Assistant to the Dean
  • Shruthi Nagarajan, Curriculum Developer, East Asia National Resource Center
  • Abigail Nelson-Miller, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Ruth Odom, MBA ’88, Associate Director of Development
  • Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor and Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
  • Carter Quinley, MIPP ’21, Global Capstone Coordinator
  • Tashi Ragbey, Research Professor and Director, Tibet Governance Lab, Sigur Center for Asian Studies
  • Tara Sinclair, Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs
  • Ashley Smith, Administrative Associate, Development
  • Laila Sorurbakhsh, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Associate Director, Master of International Policy and Practice Program; Acting Director, Online Education
  • Judy Teng, Senior Instructional Designer
  • Megan Wurm, Career and Academic Advisor, Graduate Student Services
  • Linda Yarr, Research Professor and Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Joining the co-chairs on I/WE’s executive team are Professor Ilana Feldman and Joe Strodel, AVP for development and alumni relations at Elliott.


Ilana Feldman


"I support every aspect of I/WE's mission. One element that has deep personal meaning for me, as a professor and former vice dean, is increasing access to high-quality education, and creating new opportunities for professional growth and success, for a diverse and multicultural student body. Over the years, in the classroom and in the dean's suite, I have become ever more aware that scholarships and fellowships lead directly to opportunity. As a woman who leads, I aspire to help other women attain their leadership goals. With great enthusiasm, I look forward to working with this terrific group."

Ilana Feldman
Professor of Anthropology, History and International Affairs, Elliott School