Growing up in a corporate family, Swanee Hunt made her mark as a civic leader and philanthropist, for two decades leading community efforts on social justice issues such as public education, affordable housing, women’s empowerment, and mental health reform.

In her early 30s she created Hunt Alternatives, a foundation advancing innovative and systemic approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. The private foundation combats the demand for sexual exploitation, encourages political parity of American women in highest offices, supports leaders of social movements, and strengthens youth arts in blighted neighborhoods.

Through her foundation, Ambassador Hunt chairs the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, which consults with countries worldwide and conducts advocacy, training, and research to integrate women leaders into peace processes. From 1993 to 1997, she served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Austria, hosting negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states.

At Harvard’s Kennedy School, Dr. Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program, senior fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, and senior advisor at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She holds two masters degrees, a doctorate in theology, and six honorary degrees.