Sisters on the Planet®


Since 2008, hundreds of notable women have joined Oxfam as Sisters on the Planet® Ambassadors.

A diverse group of American women who are leaders in everything from business, to politics to the arts, Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors are united by a common goal: to use their influence to fight inequality, with a particular focus on empowering women and girls worldwide.

About Sisters on the Planet

Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors work to change the laws and policies that keep people—especially women and girls—trapped in poverty.

Systematic discrimination against women and girls is the most pervasive cause of the power inequality that drives poverty. When women can exercise their rights and gain the knowledge, skills, and information they need to feed their aspirations, they can become powerful agents of change. That’s an important step toward ending poverty everywhere.

What do Sisters on the Planet Ambassadors do?

Together, Sisters on the Planet use their collective influence to shape policy debates on issues that affect women and girls.

They have moved members of Congress to vote in favor of getting more emergency food aid to communities that need it; helped women leaders from around the world voice their concerns directly to world leaders; highlighted the need for a global arms trade treaty to keep civilians safe in conflict areas; and raised awareness about the importance of US foreign aid to fight global poverty. And these activities are just the beginning.

Specific activities include meeting with members of Congress or other US government officials, drafting op-eds and letters to the editor for local and national media, hosting events, traveling with Oxfam to field offices, or sharing important information with our networks and communities. Sisters on the Planet work with Oxfam year-round, with particular activities planned for International Women’s Day (March) and World Food Day (October).

Meet our Sisters on the Planet

See the full list of Sisters on the Planet
Key: * = Member of U.S. Congress

Honorable Danielle I. A. Adams (CO)
Board Supervisor, Vice-Chair, Soil and Water Conservation District, Durham, NC
Honorable Linda Adams (CA)
Chair of the Climate Action Reserve; Former Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Stella Adams (NC)
House Chair, North Carolina NAACP (NC)
Suzanne Akhras (IL)
Founder & Executive Director, Syrian Community Network
Susan Almono (MA)
Resource Development Manager, Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board; Former Executive Committee Member, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light
Heather Arnett (AK)
Principal Advisor, Advocacy, North Star Group
Honorable Tammy Baldwin (WI)*
U.S. Senator, Wisconsin
Linda Barnes (IA)
Biology Professor, Marshalltown Community College
Phyllis McDougal Barren (TX)
Reverend, First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
Donna Barry (MA)
Assistant Professor and Director of Global Nursing, Regis College (MA)
Marleine Bastien (FL)
Executive Director & Founder, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami); Former Chair of the Florida Immigration Coalition
Elizabeth Becker (DC)
Author and Journalist; Retired Correspondent, NYT
Kim Behan (CO)
Executive Director, Buddhist Global Relief
Laura Beny (MI)
Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
Aryanna Berringer (PA)
Director, Office of Veterans Services at University of Pittsburgh (PA)
Honorable Annie Betancourt (FL)
Former State Representative, Florida
Reverend Canon Sally G. Bingham (CA)
Founder and President, The Regeneration Project
Dale Hanson Bourke (MD)
Marlo Boyle (IL)
Senior Education Planner, Aveda Corporation
Patricia Brandes (MA)
Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador; Former Executive Director, Barr Foundation
Rabbi Sharon Brous (CA)
Senior Rabbi & Co-Founder, IKAR
Terri Broussard Williams (TX)
Founder and President, Movement Maker Collective
Reverend Joan Brown, OSF (NM)
Executive Director, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
Jerilyn Brusseau (WA)
Co-founder, PeaceTrees Vietnam
Joy Bryant (CA)
Actress & Designer
Stephanie Buechler (AZ)
Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Arizona, Tucson
Alderman Bev Burger (TN)
Alderman City of Franklin, Tennessee
Bonnie J. Campbell (IA)
Attorney at Law, Campbell Law Firm
Dr. Alice Carbone Tench (CA)
Chef & Author
Neko Case (VT)
Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin (MN)
Chief Executive Officer and Lead Consultant, Justice Connections Consulting
Eva M. Christensen (MD)
Senior Advisor for Resilience, Lutheran World Relief; Former Senior Agriculture and Food Security Advisor, USAID
Malia M. Cohen (CA)
Member, California State Board of Equalization
Rebecca Swanson Conrad (ME)
Founder, RSC Consulting; Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Shasti Conrad (WA)
Chair, King County Democrats; Co-Founder, Mission Accomplice
Honorable Bekki Cook (NM)
Retired Attorney; Former Secretary of State, Missouri
Reverend Dr. Marjorie Coons-Torn (NY)
Former Conference Minister, United Church of Christ
Temra Costa (CA)
Author & Advocate, Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat
Ronni Council (NV)
President, Organized Karma
Amanda Cunningham (SC)
Chief Operating Officer, Her Future Coalition
Elizabeth Davis (MA)
Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
Kathy Davis (IN)
President, Davis Design Group LLC; Former Lt. Governor, Indiana
Martha Davis Kipcak (WI)
Artisan Food Entrepreneur, Mighty Fine Food
Marlene Dotson (IN)
President & CEO, Indiana Latino Institute
Sanjyot P. Dunung (NY)
CEO, Atma Global
Kristie Ebi (WA)
Rohm and Hass Endowed Professor of Global Health, University of Washington
Robin Eckstein (OR)
U.S. Veteran and Advocate, Truman National Security Project Defense Council
Louise Ehmke (KS)
Owner and Partner, 34 Star Farms; Co-Founder, Ehmke Seed
Pam Elardo (NY)
Co-Founder & President, Living Earth Institute; Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Deb Fikes (MD)
Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance; Co-President, Religions for Peace
Kathleen Finlay (NY)
President, Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming
Cornelia Butler Flora (IA)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University, Kansas State University
Amanda Freitag (NY)
Celebrity Chef
Honorable Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
Vice-Chair, New Hampshire Democratic Party; Former State Senator, New Hampshire
Joan Fumetti (IA)
Former Director for Growing Project Support, Food Resource Bank Iowa
Sybil Gallagher (MA)
Co-Founder, Calling All Crows
Reverend Judith Ganz (MA)
Volunteer, Minnesota Council of Churches
Honorable Judith Garcia (MA)
City Councilor, Chelsea
Nina L. Gardner (DC)
Director, Strategy International
A’shanti F. Gholar (VA)
President, Emerge America
Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)*
U.S Senator, New York
Genevieve Gorder (NY)
Celebrity Designer & Television Host
Honorable Avel Louise Gordly (OR)
Former State Senator, Oregon; Associate Professor, Black Studies Department, Portland State University
Ellen Gustafson (CA)
Co-Director & Principal Summit Institute
Sara Hanks (VA)
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, CrowdCheck, Inc.; Former General Counsel, Congressional Oversight Panel
Jo Ann Hardesty (OR)
Portland Commissioner (OR); Former President, NAACP Portland
Cordia Harrington (TN)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Bakery Companies
Gail Harris (CO)
Captain, United States Navy (Retired); GailForce Communications
Jennifer Harris-Frowen (AR)
Creative Executive Coordinator/Proofreader, Saatchi & Saatchi X
Honorable Pricey Harrison (NC)
State Representative, North Carolina
Ubah Hassan (NY)
Model & Philanthropist
Rev. CJ Hawking (IL)
Executive Director, Arise Chicago
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (TX)
Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservatory; Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor, Texas Tech University
Nancy Hedinger (NJ)
Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, League of Women Voters of New Jersey
Leonie Hermantin (FL)
Director of Development, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center; Former Executive Director, Lambi Fund for Haiti
Rep. Leslie Herod (CO)
Colorado State Representative
Linnea Hirst (WA)
Immediate Past President, League of Women Voters of Washington
Honorable Betsy Hodges (MN)
Former Mayor, City of Minneapolis
Beth Ellen Holimon (SC)
Former President, Together Women Rise
Honorable Candace B. Hollingsworth (MD)
Mayor, City of Hyattsville
Dana Jackson (MN)
Co-Founder, The Land Institute; Former Senior Advisor, Land Stewardship Project
Honorable Sadaf Jaffer (NJ)
Chair of the Inclusion and Equity Committee, Montgomery Township; Former Mayor, Montgomery Township
Jennifer James (NC)
Founder, Social Good Moms
Teresa Jennings (DC)
Vice President, LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation; Steering Committee Member, UN Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies
Valerie Ann Johnson (NC)
Mott Professor of Women's Studies & Director of Africana Women's Studies, Bennett College
Nancy Jones (IL)
Founder & Former Executive Director, Chicago Fair Trade
Serene Jones (NY)
President, Union Theological Seminary
Honorable Patty Judge (IA)
Former Secretary of Agriculture and Lt. Governor, Iowa
Sarah Day Kalloch (MA)
Executive Director, Good Jobs Institute
Annie Kane (NY)
Philanthropist & Volunteer
Musimbi Kanyoro (CA)
Chair of the Board, UWC International; Former Chief Executive Officer and President, Global Fund for Women
Nancy Kaufman (NY)
Board Member and Former Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Jewish Women
Tupouseini Kelemeni (HI)
National Vice President, United Methodist Women
Anne L. Kelly (MA)
Vice President of Government Relations, BICEP Program, CERES
Honorable Barbara Kennelly (DC)
Founder and President, Barbara Kennelly Associates; Immediate Past President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress; Former U.S. Representative, Connecticut
Honorable Mary Jo Kilroy (OH)
Former U.S. Representative, Ohio
Margret J. Kim (CA)
Deputy Secretary, California Evironmental Protection Agency
Maria Kingery (NC)
Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Southern Energy Management
Eleanor Kinney (ME)
Co-Founder, No Small Potatoes; Member, Environmental Funders Network
Rachel Kleinfeld (DC)
Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment; Founding Chief Executive Officer, Truman National Security Project
Honorable Mary Kramer (IA)
Former State Senator, Iowa; Former President of the Senate; Former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean
Melinda Kramer (CA)
Founder & Co-Director, Women’s Earth Alliance
Hilary Krane (CA)
Chief Legal Officer, CAA; Former Vice President & General Counsel, Nike, Inc.
Alika Kumar (AZ)
Executive Director, Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency Business Center
Honorable Ann Kuster (NH)*
U.S. Representative, New Hampshire
Anna Lappé (CA)
Author & Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute; Director, Real Food Institute
Honorable Sylvia Larsen (NH)
Former State Senator, New Hampshire
Mary Elizabeth Lawrence, SC (AZ)
Eco Justice Coordinator, Sisters of Charity
Honorable Barbara Lawton (WI)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Americans for Campaign Reform; Former Lt. Governor, Wisconsin
Honorable Barbara Lee (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Catherine Lee (ME)
Founder and Managing Director, Lee International Business Development
Bian Li (CA)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Hungry Project; Co-Founder, Project Leverage
Kimberly Lindlof (ME)
Executive Director, Central Maine Growth Council; President & Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
Kaye Lingle Koonce, Esq. (SC)
1st Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee & South Carolina Democratic Party
Diana Liverman (AZ)
Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona
Honorable Zoe Lofgren (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Emily Luchetti (CA)
Chief Pastry Officer, Big Night Restaurant Group
Jo Anne Lyon (IN)
Ambassador, The Wesleyan Church; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, World Hope International
Theresa Lyons (AK)
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Alaska
Elisabeth MacNamara (GA)
Past National President, League of Women Voters
Peggy Malecki (IL)
Publisher & Owner, Natural Awakenings Chicago
Lisa Manley (VA)
Vice President Sustainability, Mars
Honorable Marjorie Margolies (PA)
President, Women’s Campaign International; Former U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania
Dena Marino (FL)
Co-Founder, MC Kitchen Miami
Dorothy McAuliffe (VA)
US State Department's Special Representative for Gloval Partnerships; Former First Lady of Virginia
Honorable Betty McCollum (MN)*
U.S. Representative, Minnesota
Anjali Mehrotra (NJ)
Executive Director, Emerge New Jersey; Former President, National Organization for Women of New Jersey
Sondria Miller (PA)
Senior Pastor, God's Convent of Grace International Church
Mary Sue Milliken (CA)
Co-Chef & Owner, Border Grill
Stacey Monahan (MA)
Senior Vice President, Liberty Square Group; Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Democratic Party
Honorable Gwen Moore (WI)*
U.S. Representative, Wisconsin
Frances Moore Lappé (MA)
Author & Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute
Gepsie Morisset-Metellus (FL)
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
Honorable Kiah Morris (VT)
Former State Representative, Vermont
Robin Morris Collin (OR)
Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Environmental Justice, United States EPA; Norma J. Paulus Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law
Christine Neumann-Ortiz (WI)
Founding Executive Director, Voces de la Frontera
Thao Nguyen (CA)
Uyen Nguyen (WA)
Owner, Nue Restaurant
Danielle Nierenberg (LA)
Co-Founder & President, Food Tank
Josie Noah (WA)
Chief Global Officer, SightLife; Former Director, Partnership & Strategic Alliances, Global Impact
Honorable Terie Norelli (NH)
President & CEO, New Hampshire Women’s Foundation; Former Speaker of the House, Former State Representative, New Hampshire
Emily Oakley (OK)
Partner, Three Springs Farm
Denise O’Brien (IA)
Organic Farmer, Rolling Acres Farm
Honorable Ilhan Omar (MN)*
U.S. Representative, Minnesota
LaMonica Orr-Love (TX)
Attorney and Founder, The Love Law Group and Consulting Services
Won Y. Palisoul (NY)
Founder & Board Member, Women Veterans and Families Network; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Pentagon
Pam Person (ME)
Member, Climate Change Task Force, League of Women Voters of the United States; 2nd Vice Chair, Maine Democratic Party
Judith Pim (IA)
Former Director of Secretariat Operations, The World Food Prize Foundation
Honorable Chellie Pingree (ME)*
U.S. Representative, Maine
Channel Powe (AZ)
CEO, Powe Power LLC; Lead Trainer at Progressive Governance Academy
Carla Prater (WA)
Assistant Executive Director, Buddhist Global Relief
Peg Prendergast (MO)
President, League of Women Voters of Kansas City, Missouri: Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties
Deborah Price (MN)
Vice President, Membership, League of Women Voters of Minnesota
Honorable Kesha Ram (VT)
State Senator, Vermont
Honorable Jane Raybould (NE)
Vice President, B&R Stores, Inc.; Councilmember, City of Lincoln
Mary Louise Resch (SC)
Director of Philanthropy, Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
Serena Rice (NJ)
Executive Director, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey
Maggie Robertson (NY)
Advocate for Women Farmers; Propagation Manager, Furnace Creek Farm
Marla Rose (IL)
Writer and Co-Founder, Chicago VeganMania and Vegan Street
Tara Russell (ID)
President, Fathom; Former Global Impact Lead, Carnival Corporation & PLC; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Create Common Good
Cynthia Ryan (DC)
Principal, Schooner Foundation
Jauretsi Saizarbitoria (NY)
Digital Media & Curator, Sugar Barons, eBay
Mary Schantz (MO)
President, Missouri Alliance for Home Care
Debbie Schmieding (OH)
Executive Director, Havar, Inc; League of Women Voters of Athens County, Ohio
Honorable Claudine Schneider (CO)
Former U.S. Representative, Rhode Island
Ronda Scholting (CO)
Fellow, Truman National Security Project
Alejandra Schrader (CA)
Chef & Co-Owner, Cucina Cocina
Honorable Jill Schupp (MO)
State Senator, Missouri; Founder, Missouri Veterans History Project
Heidi Secord (PA)
State Executive Director, USDA; Former Executive Committee Chair, Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network
Honorable Jeanne Shaheen (NH)*
U.S. Senator, New Hampshire
Ritu Sharma (DC)
Vice President of US Programs and Policy Advocacy, Care; Co-Founder & Former President, Women Thrive Worldwide
Honorable Carol Shea-Porter (NH)*
Former U.S. Representative, New Hampshire
Gina Sheets (IN)
Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute; Former Chief Innovation Officer, Innovation Center in Rural Development
Lateefah Simon (CA)
President, Akonadi Foundation; Former President, Bay Area Rapid Transit
Cheryl Smith, CFA, Ph.D. (MA)
Economist and Portfolio Manager, Trillium Asset Management, LLC
Nita Smith (KY)
Co-Vice President, League of Women Voters of Kentucky
Diane Smock (SC)
Community Volunteer; Mediator & Retired Judge
Nancy Soreng (MD)
President, League of Women Voters of Maryland
Ellen Southard (WA)
Founder, Seattle Site Story LLC
Reverend Sandra Strauss (PA)
Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Danielle Stickman (AK)
Arctic Landscape Director for Wilderness Society
Honorable Jane M. Swift (VT)
Executive Chair, Ultimate Medical Academy; Former Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Catherine Swoboda (IA)
Cargill Global Resource Systems Lecturer, Iowa State University
Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate (TN)
Former Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Tennessee Supreme Court; Former FCC Commissioner
Christina Tobias-Nahi (VA)
Director of Public Affairs, Islamic Relief USA
Emily Torgrimson (MN)
Executive Director, Eat for Equity
Susan Ungaro (NY)
Former President, James Beard Foundation
Marjorie Van Buren (KS)
Co-President, Board Kansas Rural Center
Ann Veneman (NY)
Co-Chair, Bipartisan Policy Center Prevention Initiative; Former Executive Director, UNICEF; Former Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
Angela Vincent (MA)
Municipal Management Specialist, Northern Middlesex Council of Governments
Anna Walker (CA)
Senior Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Levi Strauss & Co.
Cassandra Walker Pye (CA)
CEO, 3.14 Communications, LLC
Whitney Walker (AZ)
Human Relations Commisssioner, City of Phoenix; Vice President of Public Policy, Advocacy, and Organizing, Planned Parenthood Arizona
Marsha Wallace (SC)
Co-Founder, Dining For Women
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann (IA)
Director of Wellness, Harlan County Schools; Farmer & Owner, Milk and Honey
Honorable Jacquelyne K. Weatherspoon (NH)
State Advisory Committee Member, US Civil Rights Commission; Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Decisions in Democracy International; Former State Representative, New Hampshire
Judy Wicks (PA)
Co-Founder & Chair Emeritus, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; Founder, White Dog Café
Raj Wiener (MI)
Founder (Retired), Wiener Associates
Marianne Williamson (CA)
Founder of the Angel Food Project; Spiritual Counselor & Author
Honorable Lynn Woolsey (CA)
Former U.S. Representative, California
Michele Wucker (IL)
Author, Gray Rhino & Company
Linda C. Wuest (TX)
Director, The Yonkofa Project
Alumni Ambassadors
Carol Browner (DC)
Former Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; Former Secretary of the U.S. EPA
Justice Jennifer Brunner (OH)
Justice, Ohio Supreme Court; Former Secretary of State, Ohio
Lili Buffett (NE)
Founding Director, Global Impact Institute
Honorable Lois Capps (CA)
Former U.S. Representative, California
Majora Carter (NY)
President, The Majora Carter Group, LLC
Honorable Susan Davis (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Honorable Debbie Dingell (MI)*
U.S. Representative, Michigan
Honorable Anna Eshoo (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Honorable Jennifer Granholm (MI)
Former Governor, Michigan
Honorable Maggie Hassan (NH)*
U.S. Senator, New Hampshire
Honorable Doris Matsui (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Zainab Salbi (DC)
Founder, Women for Women International
Honorable Linda Sánchez (CA)*
U.S Representative, California
Kathleen Sebelius (KS)
Secretary of Health and Human Services; Former Governor, Kansas
Honorable Allyson Schwartz (PA)
Former U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania
Suzy Swanson (OH)
Chief Executive Officer, Swanson & Co.; Board Chair, Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland
Honorable Diane Watson (CA)
Former U.S. Representative, California
Jody Williams (VA)
Nobel Laureate; Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines

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