Swanee Hunt is the founder and Chair of Women Waging Peace, a global policy-oriented initiative working to integrate women into peace processes. During her tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Austria (1993 -1997), she hosted negotiations and several international symposiums to focus efforts on securing the peace in the neighboring Balkan states. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and President of the Hunt Alternatives Fund. She has written hundreds of articles for American and international newspapers and professional journals, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, and the Denver Post. She is a syndicated columnist for the Scripps Howard news service.