Swanee Hunt

Founder and Chair,
Women Waging Peace

Ambassador Swanee Hunt is Founder and Chair of Women Waging Peace, an initiative of Hunt Alternatives Fund, a private foundation advancing innovative and inclusive approaches to social change at local, national, and global levels. Hunt Alternatives Fund has three initiatives, Women Waging Peace, Artworks for Kids, and Civic Engagement. In addition, she is the Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she also teaches. During her tenure as US Ambassador to Austria (1993-97), Hunt hosted negotiations and several international symposia to focus efforts on securing the peace in the neighboring Balkan states. Building on her extensive work with US non-governmental organizations, she became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe, leading to the July 1997 “Vital Voices: Women in Democracy” conference of 320 women leaders in business, law, and politics, and to the documentary film Voices. Her work in Europe prefaced the creation of Women Waging Peace to advocate for the full participation of women in formal and informal peace processes. Ambassador Hunt holds a doctorate in Theology and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has authored articles for American and international newspapers and professional journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, and Rocky Mountain News, and writes a nationally syndicated column. Her book, This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, will be published by Duke University Press in September. A photographer, she has had more than a dozen one-woman shows in five countries. Her musical composition, “The Witness Cantata” has been performed in Vienna, Salzburg, Washington, and Boston, among other cities.