Charity L. Boyette assumed the role of Executive Director of the U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council in July 2017, on detail to American University from the U.S. Department of State. A career Foreign Service Officer, she previously served on Secretary of State John Kerry’s travel team and as an instructor at the Foreign Service Institute. Her overseas assignments include serving as the Management Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow, Poland, and as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to joining the State Department in 2009, Ms. Boyette spent more than a decade in operations and finance with a publicly traded U.S. defense contractor located in Hampton Roads, VA. She holds an MBA in Strategy and Business Development from the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business in Williamsburg, VA, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University in Danville, VA. A proud Virginia native, Ms. Boyette currently resides in Vienna, VA, with her husband and the younger of her two daughters.
Mahveen Azam has extensive experience in project design, operational and budget management with three years in USAID and Corporate funded projects and five and a half years in Pakistan’s private sector.
She holds seven years of journalism experience - building bridges between the US and South Asia - as a news reporter, producer, content writer, host for roundtable discussions, and news anchor at Voice of America, Washington DC. The issues ranged from extremism, human rights, women’s rights, economic development, youth unemployment, and current affairs. She was the only reporter tasked with covering the USAID and the World Bank funded projects in Pakistan.
As part of her knowledge management, research and content development work, she has produced key products including website content, success stories, brochures, fact-sheets, impact snapshots, content for newsletters, etc.
Throughout her career, she has relied upon her strong interpersonal skills for project management, effective coordination, business development and relationship management with stakeholders, clients, high level government officials, civil society actors and local and regional teams in Pakistan, US and West Africa. She has been recognized for her role in maintaining team spirit, task coordination and focusing on the end goal during critical times.
She is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi and has field experiences in Pakistan, Liberia, and Qatar. She has a Masters degree in International Relations from Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service.