Our Gender Champions

  • Jenna Ben-Yehuda

    Women's Foreign Policy Network
  • Amb. William J. Burns

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Joe Cirincione

    Ploughshares Fund
  • Cary Crawford

    Institute of Nuclear Materials Management
  • Maggie Feldman-Piltch

    Unicorn Strategies
  • Brian Finlay

    The Stimson Center
  • Ellen Friedman

    Compton Foundation
  • Bishop Garrison

    Truman Center for National Policy
  • Dr. Vartan Gregorian

    Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Stephen B. Heinz

    Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Dr. Roger Howsley

    World Institute for Nuclear Security
  • Amb. Bonnie Jenkins

    Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security
  • Derek Johnson

    Global Zero
  • Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

    Women in International Security
  • Al Jubitz

    Jubitz Foundation
  • Daryl Kimball

    Arms Control Association
  • Susan Korn

    US Women in Nuclear
  • Valerie Lincy

    Wisconsin Project
  • Dr. Ernest Moniz

    Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Dr. Ali Nouri

    Federation of American Scientists
  • Michael Otterman

    Otterman Family Foundation
  • Nancy Parrish

    Women's Action for New Directions
  • Keith Porter

    The Stanley Foundation
  • Dr. William Potter

    James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies
  • Laura Rockwood

    Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
  • Joan Rohlfing

    Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Cecili Thompson Williams

    Beyond the Bomb
  • John Tierney

    Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Alexandra Toma

    Peace and Security Funders Group
  • Penny Willgerodt

    The Prospect Hill Foundation
  • Philip Yun

    Ploughshares Fund

Jenna Ben-Yehuda
Founder
Women’s Foreign Policy Network

Pledges:

  • Achieve an average of 50% women’s participation in a specific number of the organization’s largest public events annually.
  • Collaborate with professional networks and organizations dedicated to the issue of increasing women’s participation to host a specific number of events per year.
  • Develop guidelines for hosts and moderators to encourage balanced participation and use of honorifics during panels and Q&A sessions.

Amb. William J. Burns
President
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Pledges:

  • Hold at least one organization-wide bias awareness training by fiscal year end.
  • Implement an enhanced parental leave policy and explore the implementation of a teleworking policy.
  • More rigorously pursue the cultivation of young talent through our Junior Fellows Program. Partner with at least five top universities to reach out to minority students interested in international affairs, with the objective of developing a diverse community of potential applicants.
  • Strive to engage equal numbers of male and female panelists for the 2019 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, which brings together experts and officials from more than forty-five countries and international organizations.

Joe Cirincione
President
Ploughshares Fund

Pledges:

  • Every staff member adopts the Panel Parity Pledge, with the goal of avoiding appearing on or hosting single-gender panels unless there are specific, compelling reasons, and tracking and reporting appearances.
  • Program will aim to increase the number and amounts of grants to women-led projects and organizations by 10% or reach parity in each of its campaigns. We recognize this goal is a first step towards improving the diversity of gender identities in our grant leads in the long-term.
  • As a part of its commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Board of Directors, the PF board will formalize its commitment to how it incorporates gender as a part of its recruitment and board composition.

Cary Crawford
President
Institute of Nuclear Materials Management 

Pledges:

  • Approve no slate of candidates from the Nominating Committee for any individual Executive Committee position that does not have at least one woman. a. Note: as INMM is a volunteer organization, it may occur that no female volunteer can be identified. In such a case, INMM commits to require a written report from the Nominating Committee Chair on steps taken to avoid the single gender slate, and to provide that report to all members.
  • For the technical program of the Annual Meeting: a. Collect data on the gender diversity of paper presenters and chairs over 2 years; b. Require that proposals for discussion panels or Special Sessions include a list of speakers that are not a single gender.
  • Develop new guidelines for Session Chairs at the Annual Meeting on how to achieve diverse participation in discussion/Q&A sessions by recognizing and encouraging contributions from all genders and ages in the audience; convey this guidance in writing as part of a revised Session Chair Guide and verbally at the daily Speakers’ Breakfast.

Maggie Feldman-Piltch
Managing Director – Partner
Unicorn Strategies

Pledges:

  • Create and implement a code of conduct for all events, meetings, and activities, including creating ways to review and address potential violations of the code in a meaningful way.
  • Ensure our panels and events include diverse voices with an emphasis on women of color, women in the military, and diversity of political affiliation.
  • Incorporate young and emerging leader’s voices in our events in meaningful ways, including as paper authors, panel introducers, and other substantive roles.

Brian Finlay
President and CEO
The Stimson Center

Pledges:

  • The Stimson Center will develop a toolkit for all of its programs offering workable strategies on how to incorporate a gender perspective in activities and project deliverables.
  • Stimson will institute a targeted professional development plan to diversify the pipeline and professional growth of early-to mid-career women.
  • The Stimson Center will educate all staff on policies, informed by best practices, related to reporting and responding to sexual harassment.

Ellen Friedman
Executive Director
Compton Foundation

Pledges:

  • Compton will target at a minimum 50% of its grantmaking to support women-led organizations.
  • Compton will take steps by 2019 to apply a gender lens to its endowment.
  • Compton commits to have a minimum of 50% women on our board by 2019.

Bishop Garrison
Interim Executive Director
Truman Center for National Policy

Pledges:

  • Leadership and Accountability
  • Media and Media Promotion
  • Work-Life Balance

Dr. Vartan Gregorian
President
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Pledges:

  • Dr. Gregorian, as well as all Corporation staff overseeing nuclear grantmaking, pledge to avoid whenever possible appearing on single-gender panels on nuclear issues.
  • Within our nuclear grantmaking we commit to applying the principles of gender parity embodied in the Panel Parity Pledge to the composition of review panels, juries, and speakers that advise our nuclear grantmaking.
  • Within our nuclear grantmaking we commit to tracking gender balance among our grantees and reporting the results.
  • We commit to circulating a brief survey to our nuclear security grantees to collect information on how they think about and implement gender diversity and to signal that this issue is important to us.
  • Within our nuclear security portfolio, we commit to soliciting more proposals with a gender lens, and to encouraging greater gender balance within new and existing projects. We will report the results of this effort.
Stephen B. Heinz
President
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Pledges:
  • Develop a deeper understanding and analysis of how the inclusion of women, women’s perspectives, and feminist/gender lenses contributes to progress on nuclear issues and/or the U.S.-Iran relationship to help inform our grantmaking on these issues.
  • Ask our grantees who host events and meetings on nuclear issues about the inclusion of female speakers, participants, and attendees.
  • Conduct organization-wide bias awareness training on gender and race.

Dr. Roger Howsley
Co-founder and Executive Director
World Institute for Nuclear Security

Pledges:

  • From 2018 onwards, target women inclusion in WINS workshops and WINS Academy courses to improve the gender balance, provide WINS Academy scholarships for women, measure progress at every level and communicate progress and results regularly.
  • Design and implement a dedicated area of the WINS website by 1st July 2018 to promote gender equality and build professional networks.

Amb. Bonnie Jenkins
Founder and President of the Board
Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation

Pledges:

  • Collaborate with professional networks and organizations dedicated to the issue of increasing women’s participation to host a specific number of events per year.
  • Provide media training to the organization’s experts, ensuring attendance/recipients include 50% women.
  • Create a formal mentorship program for mid-career staff in the organization, ensuring that women constitute at least 50% of the mentees and mentors.

Derek Johnson
Executive Director
Global Zero

Pledges:

  • Spearhead a “Women in Nuclear Advocacy” roundtable group to provide a space for women in the movement to discuss strategies, challenges, career paths, and the unique approach that women in this movement can offer. We’d like to begin with a bi-monthly meeting including women leaders from partner organizations and others. We hope to grow the group as more women enter the space and help hiring organizations connect with women job-seekers.
  • Provide media training for all Beyond the Bomb and Global Zero staff – with a particular focus on women who can be positioned as experts for media engagement. In addition, all staff will be trained on the role of women in the movement and ways to highlight gender parity during media interactions.
  • Achieve an average of 50% women’s participation in activist training events and Action Corps Leaders.

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
President
Women in International Security

Pledges:

  • Commit to organizing policy roundtables that include panelists of various ethnicity, gender minorities, religion, origin, and political ideology.
  • Commit to adding a gender analysis to the most pressing security issues in any publication, event, or speech.
  • Commit to expanding membership to include ethnicity, gender minorities, religion, origin, and political ideology. WIIS will do so by inviting organizations that it does not traditionally partner with for events or programs. To asses the demographics of our membership, WIIS will include an optional race or origin form for each member to fill out when they create their profile in the WIIS database. At the end of each fiscal year, WIIS will assess our membership demographics internally.

Al Jubitz
Founding Director
Jubitz Foundation

Pledges:

  • Achieve an average of 50% women’s participation in a specific number of the organization’s largest public events annually.
  • Collaborate with professional networks and organizations dedicated to the issue of increasing women’s participation to host a specific number of events per year.
  • Commit that every article, op-ed, and blog post produced by the organization that quotes experts and policymakers includes at least one woman’s quote.
  • Ensure every issue (or a set number of articles each year) of an organization’s magazine, blog, or journal includes at least one article with a feminist or gender lens.
  • Increase the number of grants awarded to women-led projects and organizations by 5% until the grant portfolio has gender parity.
  • Ask grantees for data related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including gender, for their board, staff, and strategy. If possible, provide aggregate/averaged data about the overall portfolio on the foundation’s website.

Daryl Kimball
Executive Director
Arms Control Association

Pledges:

  • Ensure that regular media training is available at least once a year to our female early career experts on staff.
  • Apply the Gender Parity Pledge to the recruitment of speakers at events that we organize or co-sponsor.
  • Ensure that at least 30% of the non-staff authors who contribute to our publications in any given year are women; and that we devote at least one feature article or news report in our publication, Arms Control Today, that addresses issues relating to the gendered impacts of weapons and war and/or the gender diversity in the field of arms control.

Susan Korn
Chair of US Women in Nuclear
US Women in Nuclear

Pledges:

  • Foster education of girls in STEM curriculums through our public outreach to help create an interest in nuclear technology careers.
  • Sponsor a Women’s Leadership Cohort in the nuclear industry to help develop high potential women to move into the executive ranks.

Valerie Lincy
Executive Director
Wisconsin Project

Pledges:

  • Ensure that all selection panels and final applicant pools for new positions in the organization are not single gender.
  • Ensure that early career experts (especially women) are single author on at least one article per year.
  • Promote gender diversity in senior management positions, aiming at 50% of board and manager positions are held by women and guaranteeing that at least 40% of such positions are held by women.

Dr. Ernest Moniz
Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Pledges:

  • NTI will work over the next five years to sustain or enhance gender diversity in its leadership team and staff, Board of Directors, and symposia and seminar presenters.
  • NTI will update, within six months, its policies and procedures to ensure that they promote gender equality within the workforce.
  • NTI will conduct annual training focused on promoting respect for diversity within the workplace.

Dr. Ali Nouri
President
Federation of American Scientists

Pledges:

  • FAS will make sure to add at least 2 women to the board within one year.
  • FAS will develop a parental leave policy.
  • FAS will make sure that interns don’t work without compensation.

Michael Otterman
Director
Otterman Family Foundation

Pledges:

  • Hold at least one meeting with other foundations to learn about best practices for incorporating a gender lens into grantmaking and activities.
  • Include questions related to gender diversity, equity, and inclusion as a part of the vetting process, to learn more about how grantees are addressing such issues.
  • Promote the Parity Pledge and Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative to other organizations we may share a panel or public forum with, plus orgs we partner with in our grantmaking.

Nancy Parrish
Executive Director
Women’s Action for New Directions

Pledges:

  • WAND is committed to hiring and promoting women from diverse backgrounds. We particularly seek to raise the voices of women of color, LGBTQ women, and differently abled women because we believe that having a diversity of experience is critical to producing the highest quality work and effectively communicating to the largest audience possible.
  • WAND is committed to being a resource for others organizations and individuals seeking diverse women’s voices for speaking and writing opportunities.
  • WAND will host monthly meetings for women Capitol Hill staffers who work in or are interested in denuclearization, peace, and national security. These meetings are bi-partisan and are led by a different woman expert each month. The goal is to create a space where women who are early in their career can learn from those who are more seasoned and we can grow the number of women who will continue to work in the field as policy experts, activists, and elected officials.

Keith Porter
President and CEO
The Stanley Foundation

Pledges:

  • Create and adhere to a set of principles regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, including gender, in developing invitation lists for our nuclear policy programming events, and ask our partners to adhere to them as well for those events we plan jointly.
  • Achieve an average of 45% women’s participation in our nuclear policy programming events in 2019 and 50% by 2020.
  • Develop guidelines for roundtable chairs and other discussion leaders to encourage balanced participation and use of honorifics during our nuclear policy programming events.

Dr. William Potter
Center for Nonproliferation Studies Founder
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Pledges:

  • Include at least one woman as a principal subject expert in every grant proposal.
  • Commit to gender parity in the distribution of CNS graduate research assistantships every semester.
  • Ensure that there is gender parity in the CNS Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Laura Rockwood
Executive Director
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Pledges:

  • Hold two events focused on the role of women in nuclear (e.g. a salon dinner at the ambassador level and a public event).
  • Achieve an average of 50% female participation in the VCDNP biannual training courses on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, and feature female speakers in 8 of the VCDNP’s Monthly Seminar Series.

Joan Rohlfing
President/COO
Nuclear Threat Initiative

Pledges:

  • NTI will work over the next five years to sustain or enhance gender diversity in its leadership team and staff, Board of Directors, and symposia and seminar presenters.
  • NTI will update, within six months, its policies and procedures to ensure that they promote gender equality within the workforce.
  • NTI will conduct annual training focused on promoting respect for diversity within the workplace.

Cecili Thompson Williams
Director
Beyond the Bomb

Pledges:

  • Spearhead a “Women in Nuclear Advocacy” roundtable group to provide a space for women in the movement to discuss strategies, challenges, career paths, and the unique approach that women in this movement can offer. We’d like to begin with a bi-monthly meeting including women leaders from partner organizations and others. We hope to grow the group as more women enter the space and help hiring organizations connect with women job-seekers.
  • Provide media training for all Beyond the Bomb and Global Zero staff – with a particular focus on women who can be positioned as experts for media engagement. In addition, all staff will be trained on the role of women in the movement and ways to highlight gender parity during media interactions.
  • Achieve an average of 50% women’s participation in activist training events and Action Corps Leaders.

John Tierney
Executive Director 
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Pledges:

  • Aim for our early career experts (especially women) to be a single author on at least one blog and one outside published piece per quarter.
  • Aim for 40-50% social media exposure for all female staff and interested board members.
  • Aim for at least one female expert on each Nukes of Hazard podcast.

Alexandra Toma
Executive Director
Peace and Security Funders Group

Pledges:

  • Ensure that all selection panels and final applicant pools for new positions in the organization are diverse on a number of characteristics, including gender and race.
  • Pay PSFG’s Fellows (interns) a living wage, and travel and networking stipends.
  • Conduct organization-wide bias awareness training on gender and race.

Penny Willgerodt
Executive Director
The Prospect Hill Foundation

Pledges:

  • Increase funding by at least 5% in FY2019 going to disarmament/nuclear security/arms control projects led by women.
  • Present a woman nuclear expert speaker to the PHF Board at one board meeting in FY2019.
  • Create a toolkit for current grantees to undergo staff surveys to monitor levels of awareness in their respective organizations about gender equity.

Philip Yun
Executive Director/ COO
Ploughshares Fund

Pledges:

  • Every staff member adopts the Panel Parity Pledge, with the goal of avoiding appearing on or hosting single-gender panels unless there are specific, compelling reasons, and tracking and reporting appearances.
  • Program will aim to increase the number and amounts of grants to women-led projects and organizations by 10% or reach parity in each of its campaigns. We recognize this goal is a first step towards improving the diversity of gender identities in our grant leads in the long-term.
  • As a part of its commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Board of Directors, the PF board will formalize its commitment to how it incorporates gender as a part of its recruitment and board composition.