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Sisters on the Planet®

Sisters on the Planet ambassadors Joy Bryant, Dorothy McAuliffe, and Genevieve Gorder, alongside Right the Wrong awardees Majd Chourbaji, Ilwad Elman, and Fartuun Adan at a 2016 International Women's Day event . Photo: Keith Lane / Oxfam America

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 global poverty, hunger, and injustice, 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 (NC)
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 (DC)
CEO, S J Adams Consulting
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
Semhar Araia (DC)
Executive Director, Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN)
Heather Arnett (AK)
Principal Advisor, Advocacy, North Star Group
Honorable Tammy Baldwin (WI)*
U.S. Senator, Wisconsin
Regine Barjon (FL)
Chief Executive Officer, BioTek Solutions
Linda Barnes (IA)
Biology Professor, Marshalltown Community College
Phyllis McDougal Barren (TX)
Reverend, First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
Donna Barry (MA)
Executive Director, Global Oncology, Inc.
Marleine Bastien (FL)
Executive Director & Founder, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami)
Elizabeth Becker (DC)
Author
Kim Behan (CO)
Executive Director, Buddhist Global Relief
Laura Beny (MI)
University of Michigan Law School
Annie Betancourt (FL)
Director, League of Women Voters of Florida
Reverend Canon Sally G. Bingham (CA)
President, The Regeneration Project
Dale Hanson Bourke (MD)
Author
Marlo Boyle (IL)
Senior Education Planner, Aveda Corporation
Patricia Brandes (MA)
Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador
Reverend Joan Brown, OSF (NM)
Executive Director, New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
Jennifer Brunner (OH)
Judge, Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals; Former Secretary of State, Ohio
Jerilyn Brusseau (WA)
Co-founder, PeaceTrees Vietnam
Sandra Bryan (SC)
Executive Board Member, Women in Philanthropy
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
Danielle Carrig (CA)
Public Relations, Netflix
Debra D. Carroll (NM)
Owner, Director, Shamanic Arts Education & Counseling
Neko Case (VT)
Musician
Peg Chemberlin (MN)
Executive Director, Minnesota Council of Churches
Eva M. Christensen (MD)
Food Security, Agroecology Consultant
Ethne Clarke (PA)
Editor-in-Chief, Organic Gardening, Rodale Inc; Board of Advisor, Rodale Press
Dr. Judith Conlin (IA)
Executive Director, Iowa International Center
Carole Conors (MD)
Chair, Volunteer Lobby Corps, League of Women Voters of the United States
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
Paula Daniels (CA)
Founder, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Caroline Davies (MO)
Director of Environmental Studies, University of Missouri, Kansas City
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
Jaynee Day (TN)
President & CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank
Karen Dean, Ph.D (IL)
Director, Al Habtoor Leadership Center; Ruth Badger Pixley Professor of Social Sciences, Illinois College
Katherine Deumling (OR)
Board Member, Slow Food USA; Founder, Cook With What You Have
Elizabeth Dietrich (SC)
Compensation, Benefits and People Development Manager, Prysmian Group
Jan Donatelli (IL)
National Co-Chair, Veterans and Military Families Council
Honorable Christine Downey-Schmidt (KS)
Board Member, Higher Learning Commission Board to Trustees; Former State Senator, Kansas
Honorable Betsy Dunklin (ID)
Former State Senator, Idaho
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
Pam Elardo (NY)
Co-Founder & President, Living Earth Institute
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (CA)
Head of Care, Honor
Deb Fikes (MD)
Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance
Kathleen Finlay (NY)
President, Glynwood
Cornelia Butler Flora (IA)
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University, Kansas State University
Laura Fortmeyer (KS)
Farmer, Board of Kansas Rural Center
Amanda Freitag (NY)
Celebrity Chef
Honorable Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
State Senator, New Hampshire
Joan Fumetti (IA)
Consultant & Volunteer, Food Resource Bank Iowa
Sybil Gallagher (MA)
Co-Founder, Calling All Crows
Nina L. Gardner (DC)
Director, Strategy International
Penny Gerber (PA)
Vice-Chair, PA Public Television Network Commission
Harriet Giles, Ph.D (AL)
Director of External Relations, International Hunger Institute, Auburn University
Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)*
U.S Senator, New York
Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell (MD)
Ecumenical Officer, Progressive National Baptist Convention
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)
CEO, CrowdCheck, Inc.
Sharon Hanshaw (MS)
Executive Director, Coastal Women for Change
Jo Ann Hardesty (OR)
President, NAACP Portland Branch
Cordia Harrington (TN)
CEO, 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
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (TX)
CEO, ATMOS Research and Consulting
Nancy Hedinger (NJ)
Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, League of Women Voters of New Jersey
Sheri Heitker-Dixon (FL)
Co-Producer, “EveryThreeSeconds”
Leonie Hermantin (FL)
Deputy Director, Lambi Fund for Haiti
Linnea Hirst (WA)
Immediate Past President, League of Women Voters of Washington
Bridget Holcomb (MN)
Executive Director, Women, Food and Agriculture Network
Diane B. Holdorf (MI)
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Kellogg Company
Makini Howell (WA)
Chef-Owner, Plum Bistro
Sherry Huber (ME)
Chair of the Board, Mainewatch Institute; Executive Director, Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education (TREE) Foundation
Dana Jackson (MN)
Past Senior Advisor, Land Stewardship Project
Jennifer James (NC)
Founder, Social Good Moms
Valerie Ann Johnson (NC)
Mott Professor of Women's Studies & Director of Africana Women's Studies, Bennett College
Hannah Jones (OR)
Vice President, Sustainable Business & Innovation, Nike, Inc.
Nancy Jones (IL)
Founder & Former Executive Director, Chicago Fair Trade
Serene Jones (NY)
President, Union Theological Seminary
Honorable Patty Judge (IA)
Former Lt. Governor, Iowa
Sarah Day Kalloch (MA)
Executive Director, Good Jobs Institute
Annie Kane (NY)
Philanthropist & Volunteer
Musimbi Kanyoro (CA)
President, Global Fund for Women
Nancy Kaufman (NY)
CEO, National Council of Jewish Women
Tupou Kelemeni (HI)
General Board of Ministries, United Methodist Women
Anne L. Kelly (MA)
Senior Program Director, Policy & BICEP Program, CERES
Sonia Kendrick (IA)
Executive Director, Feed Iowa First; Agronomist & Farmer, Farmer Veteran Coalition
Stacey Kennealy (NJ)
Certification Program & Sustainability Director, GreenFaith
Honorable Barbara Kennelly (DC)
President, Barbara Kennelly Associates; Immediate Past President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress; Former U.S. Representative, Connecticut
Monya Kian (CA)
Program Coordinator, Western Justice Center Foundation
Angelique Kidjo (United Kingdom)
Musician
Honorable Mary Jo Kilroy (OH)
Former U.S. Representative, Ohio
Margret J. Kim (CA)
Counsel to the Chair, California Air Resource Board
Sam King (NV)
Grassroots Advocate/Lobbyist, League of Women Voters of Nevada
Maria Kingery (NC)
CEO, Southern Energy Management
Eleanor Kinney (ME)
Environmental Activist & Philanthropist
Rachel Kleinfeld (DC)
Senior Advisor, Carnegie Endowment; Founding CEO, 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)
Vice President & General Counsel, Nike, Inc.
Alika Kumar (AZ)
Director, Arizona Minority Business Enterprise Center
Honorable Ann Kuster (NH)*
U.S. Representative, New Hampshire
Anna Lappé (CA)
Author & Co-Founder, Small Planet 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)
Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy & Service; Former Lt. Governor, Wisconsin
Honorable Barbara Lee (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Catherine Lee (ME)
Managing Director, Lee International
Annie Lennox (United Kingdom)
Musician
Amy Leonard (CA)
Vice President of Sourcing, StitchFix
Bian Li (CA)
Co-Founder, Project Leverage
Kimberly Lindlof (ME)
President & CEO, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
Kaye Lingle Koonce, Esq. (SC)
1st Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee & South Carolina Democratic Party
Emily Linnemeier (CA)
Program Director, Western Justice Center Foundation
Diana Liverman (AZ)
Director, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona
Pam Locker (IN)
President, League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana
Honorable Zoe Lofgren (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Emily Luchetti (CA)
Chief Pastry Officer, Big Night Restaurant Group
Elisabeth MacNamara (GA)
President, League of Women Voters of the United States
Peggy Malecki (IL)
Publisher & Owner, Natural Awakenings Chicago
Honorable Marjorie Margolies (PA)
President, Women’s Campaign International; Former U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania
Dena Marino (FL)
Chef/Partner, MC Kitchen Miami
Tricia Martinez (IL)
CEO, Shift
Dorothy McAuliffe (VA)
First Lady, Commonwealth of Virginia
Honorable Betty McCollum (MN)*
U.S. Representative, Minnesota
Barbara McDade (ME)
President, League of Women Voters of Maine
Janet McKinley (CA)
Former Board Chair, Oxfam America
Nicki Micheaux (CA)
Actor
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 Consultant, Mass Insight Global Partnerships
Honorable Gwen Moore (WI)*
U.S. Representative, Wisconsin
Frances Moore Lappé (MA)
Author & Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute
Colonel Jill Morgenthaler (IL)
Author, Leadership Expert; President, Jill Morgenthaler Inc.
Gepsie Morisset-Metellus (FL)
Executive Director, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
Honorable Kiah Morris (VT)
State Representative, Vermont
Robin Morris Collin (OR)
Norma J. Paulus Professor of Law, Willamette University College of Law
Thao Nguyen (CA)
Musician
Danielle Nierenberg (LA)
Co-Founder & President, Food Tank
Josie Noah (WA)
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
Won Y. Palisoul (NY)
Founder & Board Member, Women Veterans and Families Network
Pam Person (ME)
Member, Climate Change Task Force, League of Women Voters of the United States
Judith Pim (IA)
Director of Secretariat Operations, The World Food Prize Foundation
Honorable Chellie Pingree (ME)*
U.S. Representative, Maine
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
Midge Purcell (United Kingdom)
Consultant, EquityWorks.solutions
Honorable Kesha Ram (VT)
State Representative, Vermont
Honorable Jane Raybould (NE)
Vice President, B&R Stores, Inc.; Councilmember, City of Lincoln
Lisa Renstrom (DC)
Director, Bonwood Social Investments
Mary Louise Resch (SC)
Government Relations & Grants Manager, Harvest Hope Food Bank
Honorable Blondell Reynolds Brown (PA)
Councilmember, Philadelphia City
Serena Rice (NJ)
Executive Director, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey
Rynne Roark (AR)
Owner, GreenTrees LLC
Maggie Robertson (NY)
Advocate for Women Farmers
Marla Rose (IL)
Writer, Chicago VeganMania and Vegan Street
Barbara Ross (MO)
Director of Social Services, Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri
Cynthia Ryan (DC)
Principal, Schooner Foundation
Jauretsi Saizarbitoria (NY)
Digital Media & Curator, Sugar Barons, eBay
Zainab Salbi (DC)
Founder, Women for Women International
Mary Schantz (MO)
Executive Director, 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 Representative, Missouri
Heidi Secord (PA)
Farmer, Josie Porter Farm; Executive Committee Chair, Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network
Sarah Severn (WA)
Principal, Sarah Severn Consulting
Honorable Jeanne Shaheen (NH)*
U.S. Senator, New Hampshire
Ritu Sharma (DC)
Co-Founder & Former President, Women Thrive Worldwide
Honorable Carol Shea-Porter (NH)*
U.S. Representative, New Hampshire
Shamshad Sheikh (CT)
Associate Chaplin, Islamic Center of New Haven Masjid Al-Islam
Cheryl Smith, CFA, Ph.D. (MA)
Managing Partner, Trillium Asset Management, LLC
Nita Smith (KY)
Co-Vice President, League of Women Voters of Kentucky
Diane Smock (SC)
Community Volunteer; Mediator & Retired Judge
Laura Sohn (TN)
Director of Bonnaroo Sustainability, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Honorable Hilda Solis (CA)
Supervisor, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Former U.S. Representative, California
Nancy Soreng (MD)
President, League of Women Voters of Maryland
Ellen Southard (WA)
Principal, Seattle Site Story
Patti Southard (WA)
Program Manager, King County GreenTools
Ashley Stanley (MA)
Founder & Executive Director, Lovin’ Spoonfuls
Reverend Sandra Strauss (PA)
Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, Pennsylvania Council of Churches
Suzy Swanson (OH)
CEO, Swanson & Co.
Honorable Jane M. Swift (VT)
CEO, Middlebury Interactive Languages; Former Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Catherine Swoboda (IA)
Director of Planning, The World Food Prize Foundation
Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate (TN)
Former FCC Commissioner & ITU Laureate
Yalem Teshome (IA)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Christina Tobias-Nahi (VA)
Director of Public Affairs, Islamic Relief USA
Emily Torgrimson (MN)
Executive Director, Eat for Equity
Harriet Trudell (NV)
Political Director, Nevada State Democratic Party
Deborah Turner (IA)
Vice President of International Programs, Outreach, Inc.
Susan Ungaro (NY)
President, James Beard Foundation
Marjorie Van Buren (KS)
Co-President, Board Kansas Rural Center
Ann Veneman (NY)
Former Executive Director, UNICEF; Former Secretary of Agriculture, USDA
Jennifer Vigran (IN)
CEO, Second Helpings, Inc.
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
Marsha Wallace (SC)
Co-Founder, Dining For Women
Maura Walsh (CO)
Former Group Leadership Manager, The Experiment in International Living, a program of World Learning; Former Special Assistant to the President, The World Food Prize Foundation
Ellen Walsh-Rosmann (IA)
Farmer & Owner, Pin Oak Place & FarmTable Delivery
Honorable Jacquelyne K. Weatherspoon (NH)
CEO/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
Jody Williams (VA)
Nobel Laureate; Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Marianne Williamson (CA)
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
Angelic Young (MD)
Senior Coordinator, Institute for Inclusive Security
Barbara Zia (SC)
National Board Member, League of Women Voters of South Carolina
Alumni Ambassadors
Carol Browner (DC)
Former Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; Former Secretary of the U.S. EPA
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
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
Honorable Diane Watson (CA)
Former U.S. Representative, California

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