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Honorary Chairwoman Cindy McCain Announces WDN Advisory Council Members

December 8, 2016

Washington, D.C.—The Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) announced its Advisory Council today. At a time when women’s participation in political leadership continues to lag behind men, the Council will play a vital role in galvanizing women to forge new paths to political leadership.

“In the 10 years since its founding, WDN has made great strides in empowering women by connecting them to their best resource: each other,” said Cindy McCain, WDN’s honorary chairwoman. “The extraordinary women serving on our Advisory Council will play an invaluable role in enhancing women’s leadership around the world.”

Judy Black, Julie Cram, Ashley Davis and Myriah Jordan will serve as co-chairs of the Council. WDN was founded by the International Republican Institute in 2006, to help more women participate in the political life of their countries. Ten years later, WDN is active in 86 countries in every region of the world, and has 16 Country Chapters. WDN members have served in a range of leadership positions, including as parliamentarians, deputy prime ministers, vice president, cabinet ministers and ambassadors.

The following is a complete list of the 2016-2018 WDN Advisory Council members:

  • Megan Badasch— Founder, Intersection Consulting; former Events Manager, 2012 Republican National Convention; Director of Strategic Planning, 2012 Romney Presidential Transition Team
  • Judy A. Black—Policy Director, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Secretary, International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ Board of Directors; former Chair of the Board, American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • Maria Cino—Vice President for America, Corporate Affairs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; former President and CEO, 2008 Republican National Convention
  • Julie Cram—Partner, HDMK LLC; former Senior Vice President at DDC Advocacy
  • Toni Ann Dashiell—Republican National Committeewomen for Texas; former Chairwoman, Kendall County Republican Party  
  • Ashley Davis—Founder and Partner, West Front Strategies; former Managing Principal, Blank Rome Government Relations
  • Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky—Senior Fellow, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Vice Chair, National Executive Committee at U.S. Water Partnerships; former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs
  • Karen Johnson—President, 2KConsulting; former Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs
  • Myriah Jordan— Policy Director, Facebook; former General Counsel to U.S. Senator Richard Burr
  • Patty Stolnacker Koch—Director, Global Government Affairs at VMware; former political appointee at General Services Administration
  • Meghan Latcovich—Strategic Advisor, the McCain Institute
  • Ann Liebschutz—Executive Director, the United States Israel Science and Technology Foundation; former Legislative Assistant and Counsel to U.S. Senator Jim Bunning
  • Colleen Litkenhaus—Director of Trade Relations, Dow Chemical Company; former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison
  • Larissa Martinez—Executive Director, RightNOW; former Director of Operations, Carly Fiorina 2016 presidential campaign
  • Anita McBride—Senior Advisor, the George W. Bush Institute; Executive in Residence, American University’s School of Public Affairs
  • Ana Rold—Founder and Publisher, Diplomatic Courier; former Co-director, the Egypt Program at the Northeastern Dialogue of Civilization Initiative
  • Amie Woeber—Federal Government Relations Manager, PayPal; former Legislative Director for Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite
  • Rachel Woods—Founder and CEO, Leadership TREK Corporation