Ambassador Ryan Crocker – Honorary Co-Chair

    Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Obama Administration (2011-2012)

    Amb. Ryan Crocker served in the Foreign Service for over 37 years and as ambassador to Afghanistan (2011-2012), Iraq (2001-2009), Pakistan (2004-2007), Syria (1998-2001), Kuwait (1994-1997), and Lebanon (1990-1993). For his service he has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is currently Dean and Executive Professor at the George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University.

      Melanie Verveer – Honorary Co-Chair

      Melanie Verveer is currently the executive director for Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Previously she was the first US ambassador for Global Women’s Issues. Verveer has also been the US Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, and Assistant to the president and Chief of Staff to the former First Lady Hilary Clinton.

        Stephen Hadley

        Former National Security Adviser, George W. Bush Administration (2005-2009).

            Admiral James Stavridis

            United States Navy (1976-2013)
            Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, Obama Administration (2009-2013)
            Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2013-present)

            Admiral James Stavridis was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO from 2009-2013 and the Commander of U.S. Southern Command from 2006-2009. He is currently the Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University.


              Eleanor Smeal

              President, Feminist Majority Foundation

                  Saad Mohseni

                  Chairman and CEO, Moby Group

                      Ambassador Marc Grossman

                      Former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama Administration (2011-2012)

                          Gloria Steinem

                          American Journalist and Feminist

                              Alonzo Fulgham

                              Former Acting Administrator of USAID
                              Former COO at USAID
                              Former USAID Afghanistan Mission Director

                                  Michèle Flournoy

                                  Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Obama Administration (2009-2012)

                                      Rina Amiri

                                      Former Senior Advisor, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama Administration (2009-2012)

                                          Michelle Barsa

                                          Afghanistan Team Leader, Institute for Inclusive Security

                                              Peter Bergen

                                              Director, National Security Studies Program New America Foundation

                                                  Chris Boskin

                                                  Co-Chair, Internews

                                                      Jeanne Bourgault

                                                      President, Internews

                                                          Gahl Burt

                                                          Director, The International Republican Institute

                                                              Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin

                                                              President, Middle East Institute

                                                                  James Clad

                                                                  Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South Asia (2007-2009)
                                                                  Senior Advisor for Asia, Center for Naval Analyses

                                                                      Steve Coll

                                                                      Journalist, Author, Dean of Columbia Journalism School

                                                                          Glenn Cowan

                                                                          CEO, Democracy International

                                                                              Lisa Curtis

                                                                              Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

                                                                                  Yasmine Delawari-Johnson

                                                                                  Documentary Producer

                                                                                      Suzanne DiMaggio

                                                                                      Vice President, Global Policy Programs, Asia Society

                                                                                          Thomas A. Dine

                                                                                          Former President, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (1997-2005)

                                                                                              Richard Fontaine

                                                                                              President, Center for a New American Security

                                                                                                  Tom Freston

                                                                                                  Media Executive

                                                                                                      Dana Freyer

                                                                                                      Chair and Co-founder, Global Partnership for Afghanistan

                                                                                                          Anthony Garrett

                                                                                                          Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategic Development, Internews

                                                                                                              John Gastright

                                                                                                              Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan and Pakistan, George W. Bush Administration (2005-2007)

                                                                                                                  Chris Griffin

                                                                                                                  Executive Director, Foreign Policy Initiative

                                                                                                                      Jim Hake

                                                                                                                      CEO, Spirit of America

                                                                                                                          Michael Hanna

                                                                                                                          The Century Foundation

                                                                                                                              Khaled Hosseini

                                                                                                                              Author, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, And The Mountains Echoed

                                                                                                                                  Ambassador Karl F. Inderfurth

                                                                                                                                  Senior Advisor CSIS
                                                                                                                                  Former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (1997-2001)

                                                                                                                                      Heather Hurlburt

                                                                                                                                      Executive Director, National Security Network

                                                                                                                                          Matt Johnson

                                                                                                                                          Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham, LLP

                                                                                                                                              Fred Kagan

                                                                                                                                              Director, American Enterprise Institute: Critical Threats Project

                                                                                                                                                  Kim Kagan

                                                                                                                                                  President, Institute for the Study of War

                                                                                                                                                      Brian Katulis

                                                                                                                                                      Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

                                                                                                                                                          Richard Kraemer

                                                                                                                                                          National Endowment for Democracy

                                                                                                                                                              David Kramer

                                                                                                                                                              President, Freedom House

                                                                                                                                                                  Mark Kustra

                                                                                                                                                                  Fellow, American Security Project Marine Veteran

                                                                                                                                                                      Klaus Linsenmeier

                                                                                                                                                                      Executive Director, Heinrich Boell Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                          Clare Lockhart

                                                                                                                                                                          President, Institute for State Effectiveness

                                                                                                                                                                              Jamie Metzl

                                                                                                                                                                              Senior Fellow Asia Society, Partner at Cranemere LLC

                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve McCurry


                                                                                                                                                                                      Ambassador Ron Neumann

                                                                                                                                                                                      Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, George W. Bush Administration (2005-2007)

                                                                                                                                                                                          Michael O’Hanlon

                                                                                                                                                                                          Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

                                                                                                                                                                                              Lauryn Oates

                                                                                                                                                                                              Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jed Ober

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Democracy International

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eva Orner

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Academy Award Winner, Producer of The Network

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anthony Richter

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stephen Rickard

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Director, Open Society Foundations (Washington Office)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rachel Reid

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Director of the Regional Policy Initiative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Open Society Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bruce Riedel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Director, The Brookings Institution: the Intelligence Project

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ken Roth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ambassador Omar Samad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hear from those who are forging the new Afghan future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lisa Schirch

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Director of Human Security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      David Sedney

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, Obama Administration (2009-2013)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Professor, School of International Service, American University

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tara Sonenshine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Obama Administration (2012-2013)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ambassador Steven Steiner

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Center for Gender and Peacebuilding United States Institute of Peace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ellen Tauscher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Special Envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense, Obama Administration (2012-present)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Obama Administration (2009-2012)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Former Member of U.S. Congress, CA 10th (1997-2009)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunita Viswanath

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Co-founder, Women for Afghan Women

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Caroline Wadhams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Marvin Weinbaum

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Middle East Institute

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maureen White

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Former Senior Advisor to Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan