The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to welcome Dr. Nancy J. Walker as the newest member of our Advisory Council. The WPSP Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the WPSP Director and the Board of Directors on strategy and issues in their individual areas of expertise, in keeping with the goals and initiatives of WPSP. As a member of the Advisory Council, Dr. Walker will contribute her years of experience in foreign affairs and women's empowerment to the Project's programs and initiatives.

Dr. Nancy J. Walker’s government career included serving as the founding Director of Africa Center for Strategic Studies at NDU, Director of the Office of African Affairs and UN Branch Chief at the Office of Peacekeeping at DoD. Dr. Walker was the first Director of the Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center. She has taught U.S. Foreign Policy at the Elliot School at GWU, National Security Decision Making at Bilkent University (Ankara), and African Studies at Ankara University, as well as guest lecturing in the U.S., Europe, and Africa. In 2013, Dr. Walker established Nancy’s Wonderful Women to provide mentoring and leadership development opportunities for women across generations and professional fields. She has a D.Phil. in politics from Oxford University and an A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, was a Bosch Fellow in Germany and completed MIT Seminar XXI program in National Security. Nancy speaks fluent German and French, conversational Spanish and Turkish. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, among others, Dr. Walker serves on the Advisory Council of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program and other boards. Dr. Walker was awarded the Order of the Lion from the Government of Senegal in recognition of her contribution to U.S.-Africa relations.

The WPSP Advisory Council consists of various public servants, private-sector leaders, and individuals dedicated to women’s policy and political leadership. See the full list of Advisory Council members here.