Ambassador Swanee Hunt
Member & Co-Founder, Women Moving Millions
President, Hunt Alternatives Fund
Chair, Demand Abolition
Speaking topics: Funding women & girls, public policy, human trafficking, political leadership, women’s leadership
Geographic location: Cambridge, MA
Willing to travel? Yes
Recommended Fees: Available upon request
Contact Information: Please click here to contact Ambassador Hunt with your request
Swanee 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, all at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also teaches at Harvard College and lectures widely across campus.
Hunt is Founder and Chair of Hunt Alternatives Fund, which for more than three decades has advanced innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. Her work combating the demand for modern-day slavery and promoting the full inclusion of women leaders in peace and security processes spans more than 60 countries. Hunt founded the Washington-based Institute for Inclusive Security, including the Women Waging Peace Network, to conduct research, training, and advocacy to advance women globally. Additionally, the Fund focuses on achieving political parity for US women in high-level positions, supporting social movement leaders, and strengthening youth arts.
Raised in Dallas, Hunt made her mark as a civic leader and philanthropist in her adopted city of Denver, where for two decades, and with two mayors and two governors, she led community efforts on social justice issues such as public education, affordable housing, women’s empowerment, and mental health services.
From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as President Clinton’s Ambassador to Austria, where she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Turning her attention to the imploding economies surrounding Austria, Hunt became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe. In July 1997, she launched Vital Voices: Women in Democracy, a conference convening 320 women leaders in business, law, and politics from 39 countries, East and West. This historical meeting spawned a PBS documentary, Voices, as well as a US State Department initiative and separate NGO co-chaired by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
In addition to three syndicated columns, Hunt is a featured writer for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy Magazine, Global Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Boston Globe. She has published three books through Duke University Press: This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace (2005 PEN/New England Award for nonfiction); her memoir, Half-Life of a Zealot; and Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security.
She is currently working on her fourth book entitled Rwandan Women Rising. Swanee Hunt was married for 25 years to the late Charles Ansbacher, founder of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Free for All Concert Fund, and former principal guest conductor of orchestras in Russia, Bosnia, and Kyrgyzstan.
Her world includes their three children and a menagerie of cat, parrot, horses, bison, and grandchildren.