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Sarah Peck Named Director of U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council

Sarah Peck, director of the U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council.

Sarah Peck has been named the executive director of the U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council, announced Dean James Goldgeier.

"Sarah's previous work serving in Afghanistan and on the Pakistan Desk at the State Department make her an excellent choice to direct the U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council," said Goldgeier. "We are excited to house the Council in SIS and look forward to working with organizations supporting women in Pakistan."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last fall announced the co-founding of the Council, which is co-chaired by AU President Cornelius Kerwin and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer. Dean Goldgeier, senior diplomat Ambassador Robin Raphel, and Nabeela Khatak, Vice President of Strategy and Program Development at the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America, also are members of the leadership team.

The Council will collaborate with other organizations in support of its mission, such as the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN), a Pakistani-American nonprofit dedicated to entrepreneurship. The Council will work with schools and businesses in both countries to promote opportunities for women in the workplace and to encourage women to create companies. Programs might include training women in financial management, product development, market access and leadership.

"I believe in the mission of the Council, because it will unlock the potential of Pakistani women and fuel economic growth in Pakistan, which is an important national foreign policy priority for the U.S. Government," said Peck. "American University is the ideal partner for the Council. I look forward to working closely with its talented faculty and students to advance our mission."

Peck, a career foreign service officer from Boston, Mass., served most recently as a political officer on the Pakistan Desk at the State Department. Before joining the desk, she worked for Senator John Kerry as a Pearson Fellow on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As the Deputy Rule of Law Coordinator at U.S. Embassy Kabul, Peck coordinated the Embassy's efforts to strengthen the rule of law and fight corruption in Afghanistan. She also helped establish a task force at NATO headquarters to help the military fight corruption in Afghanistan.

Peck has previously served in Manila and Prague, and, before entering the State Department, worked as an intellectual property attorney in Boston and as a corporate counsel for a software company in Paris.