Swanee Grace Hunt is a former United States Ambassador to Austria and currently Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Hunt is the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School. She is an expert on women in politics and has conducted research, training, and consultations with women leaders in some 60 countries. Furthermore, in 1981, she co-founded the Hunt Alternatives Fund with her sister Helen. The organization is focused on strengthening youth arts organizations. During her work as Ambassador, she served at the height of the Bosnian War and urged that the US government step up its efforts to secure peace in this embattled region. She put much of her efforts at women in the affected areas, organizing conferences designed to promote East-West learning, such as Bosnian Women Stepping into Politics and Vital Voices: Women in Democracy. Hunt has earned dozens of U.S. and international awards, some of them including organizations like The International Peace Center and The United Way.
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