Alyse Nelson

Alyse Nelson is president, chief executive officer and co-founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has tripled in size and expanded its global reach to serve a network of over 14,000 women leaders in 144 countries.

Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. In her position, she helped design and implement Vital Voices initiatives throughout the world. From July 1996 to July 2000, Alyse worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House and U.S. Department of State. She currently serves on Secretary Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a board member of Running Start.

Alyse completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2006, she was named one of “Ten Women to Watch’” by Washingtonian Magazine, and in 2011 she was featured in Newsweek as one of “150 Women Shaking the World”. In 2012, she was a TIAW World of Difference 100 Award recipient.