Melanne Verveer was confirmed by the Senate Friday as the United State’s first Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Several other nominees for state department positions were also confirmed Friday. According to a White House press release, “The President’s decision to nominate an Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues is unprecedented and reflects the elevated importance of global women’s issues to the President and his entire Administration.”
Verveer formerly served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant to the President and as Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff and Chief Assistant in international activities. She was also involved in establishing the President’s Interagency Council on Women during the Clinton Administration.
Verveer is the Co-Founder, Chair, and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nonprofit that invests in development of women leaders globally. She has also served as Executive Vice President of People for the American Way and in a number of other legislative and international policy roles.