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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
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)
Sister on the Planet Ambassador
Marleine Bastien (FL)
Executive Director and Founder, Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (Haitian Women of Miami)
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)
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 of Ohio
Jerilyn Brusseau (WA)
Co-founder, PeaceTrees Vietnam
Sandra Bryan (SC)
Executive Board Member, Women in Philanthropy
Joy Bryant (CA)
Actress and Designer
Stephanie Buechler (AZ)
Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Policy University of Arizona, Tucson
Lili Buffett (NE)
Founding Director, Global Impact Institute
Alderman Bev Burger (TN)
Alderman City of Franklin, TN
Bonnie J. Campbell (IA)
Attorney at Law, Campbell Law Firm
Honorable Lois Capps (CA)
U.S. Representative, California
Danielle Carrig (CA)
Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs, Lifetime Networks
Debra D. Carroll (NM)
Owner, Director Shamanic Arts Education & Counseling
Majora Carter (NY)
President, The Majora Carter Group, LLC
Neko Case (VT)
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 (MO)
Retired Attorney; Former Missouri Secretary of State
Reverend Dr. Marjorie Coons-Torn (NY)
Former Conference Minister, United Church of Christ
Temra Costa (CA)
Author and 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)
Former Lt. Governor of Indiana; President, Davis Design Group LLC
Honorable Susan Davis (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
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
Jody Williams (VA)
Nobel Laureate; Founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines
Elizabeth Becker (DC)
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
Debbie Dingell (MI)
Member, Democratic National Committee
Jan Donatelli (IL)
National Co-Chair, Veterans and Military Families Council
Christine Downey-Schmidt (KS)
Former Kansas State Senator; Board Member, Higher Learning Commission Board to Trustees
Honorable Betsy Dunklin (ID)
Former Idaho State Senator
Kristie Ebi (WA)
Rohm and Hass Endowed Professor of Global Health, University of Washington
Robin Eckstein (WI)
U.S. Veteran and Advocate, Truman National Security Project Defense Council
Louise Ehmke (KS)
Owner and Partner, 34 Star Farms
Pam Elardo (WA)
Co-Founder and President, Living Earth Institute
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (CA)
Head of Care, Honor
Honorable Anna Eshoo (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Deb Fikes (MD)
Executive Advisor, World Evangelical Alliance
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
Kathleen Frith (NY)
President, Glynwood
Honorable Martha Fuller Clark (NH)
State Senator, New Hampshire
Joan Fumetti (IA)
Consultant and 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 Oregon State Senator; Associate Professor, Black Studies Department, Portland State University
Honorable Jennifer Granholm (MI)
Former Governor of Michigan
Ellen Gustafson (CA)
Co-Director and 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 and President Tennessee Bun Company
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
Honorable Maggie Hassan (NH)
U.S. Senator, New Hampshire
Ubah Hassan (NY)
Model and 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 and 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 and Director of Africana Women's Studies Bennett College
Hannah Jones (OR)
Vice President, Sustainable Business and Innovation Nike, Inc.
Nancy Jones (IL)
Founder and Former Executive Director, Chicago Fair Trade
Serene Jones (NY)
President, Union Theological Seminary
Honorable Patty Judge (IA)
Former Lt. Governor
Sarah Day Kalloch (MA)
MIT Sloan School of Management
Annie Kane (NY)
Philanthropist and 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 and BICEP Program CERES
Sonia Kendrick (IA)
Executive Director, Feed Iowa First; Agronomist and Farmer Farmer Veteran Coalition
Stacey Kennealy (NJ)
Certification Program and Sustainability Director, GreenFaith
Honorable Barbara Kennelly (DC)
President, Barbara Kennelly Associates; Immediate Past President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Monya Kian (CA)
Program Coordinator, Western Justice Center Foundation
Angelique Kidjo (United Kingdom)
Honorable Mary Jo Kilroy (OH)
Former Member of Congress, OH-15
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 and Philanthropist
Rachel Kleinfeld (CO)
Founding CEO, Truman National Security Project; Senior Advisor, Carnegie Endowment
The Honorable Mary Kramer (IA)
Former Iowa State Senator; Former President of the Senate; Former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados & the Eastern Caribbean
Melinda Kramer (CA)
Founder and Co-Director, Women’s Earth Alliance
Hilary Krane (CA)
Vice President and General Counsel, Nike, Inc.
Alika Kumar (AZ)
Executive Director, Phoenix MBDA Business Center
Honorable Ann Kuster (NH)*
U.S. Representative, New Hampshire
Anna Lappé (CA)
Author and 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 and Service; Former Lt. Governor of Wisconsin
Honorable Barbara Lee (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
Catherine Lee (ME)
Managing Director, Lee International
Annie Lennox (United Kingdom)
Amy Leonard (CA)
Vice President of Sourcing, StitchFix
Bian Li (IA)
Co-Founder, Project Leverage
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
Peggy Malecki (IL)
Publisher & Owner, Natural Awakenings Chicago
Elisabeth MacNamara (GA)
President, League of Women Voters of the United States
Honorable Marjorie Margolies (PA)
Former Member of Congress; President, Women’s Campaign International
Dena Marino (FL)
Chef/Partner, MC Kitchen Miami
Tricia Martinez (IL)
CEO Shift
Honorable Doris Matsui (CA)*
U.S. Representative, California
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)
Sondria Miller (PA)
Senior Pastor, God's Convent of Grace International Church
Mary Sue Milliken (CA)
Co-Chef and Owner, Border Grill
Stacey Monahan (MA)
Senior Consultant, Mass Insight Global Partnerships
Colonel Jill Morgenthaler (IL)
Author, Leadership Expert, President Jill Morgenthaler Inc
Gepsie Morisset-Metellus (FL)
Executive Director, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center
Kiah Morris (VT)
State Representative, State of Vermont
Robin Morris Collin (OR)
Norma J. Paulus, Professor of Law Willamette University College of Law
Honorable Gwen Moore (WI)*
U.S. Representative, Wisconsin
Frances Moore Lappé (MA)
Author and Co-Founder, Small Planet Institute
Thao Nguyen (CA)
Danielle Nierenberg (LA)
Co-Founder and 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, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Emily Oakley (OK)
Partner, Three Springs Farm
Denise O’Brien (IA)
Organic Farmer, Rolling Acres Farm
Won Y. Palisoul (NY)
Founder and 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, MO Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties
Deborah Price (MN)
Vice President, Membership League of Women Voters of Minnesota
Midge Purcell (England)
Cassandra Walker Pye (CA)
CEO, 3.14 Communications, LLC
Honorable Kesha Ram (VT)
State Representative, Vermont
Jane Raybould (NE)
Vice President B&R Stores, Inc. City of Lincoln Councilwoman
Lisa Renstrom (DC)
Director, Bonwood Social Investments
Mary Louise Resch (SC)
Government Relations and Grants Manager, Harvest Hope Food Bank
Honorable Blondell Reynolds Brown (PA)
Philadelphia City Councilmember
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
Honorable Linda Sánchez (CA)*
U.S Representative, California
Mary Schantz (MO)
Executive Director, Missouri Alliance for Home Care
Debbie Schmieding (OH)
Executive Director, Havar, Inc; League of Women Voters of Athens County, OH
Honorable Claudine Schneider (CO)
Former U.S. Congresswoman, RI
Ronda Scholting (CO)
Fellow Truman National Security Project
Alejandra Schrader (CA)
Chef and Co-Owner, Cucina Cocina
Honorable Jill Schupp (MO)
State Representative, Missouri
Honorable Allyson Schwartz (PA)
Former U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania
Susan Scrimshaw (NY)
President, The Sage Colleges
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 and Former President, Women Thrive Worldwide
Honorable Carol Shea-Porter (NH)
Former 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-president, League of Women Voters of Kentucky
Diane Smock (SC)
Community Volunteer; Mediator and Retired Judge
Laura Sohn (TN)
Director of Bonnaroo Sustainability, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Hilda Solis (CA)
Supervisor, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, former Congresswoman of 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.
Jane M. Swift (VT)
CEO Middlebury Interactive Languages; Former Governor Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Catherine Swoboda (IA)
Director of Planning, The World Food Prize Foundation
Susan Ungaro (NY)
President, James Beard Foundation
Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate (TN)
Former FCC Commissioner and ITU Laureate
Yalem Teshome (IA)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Christina Tobias-Nahi (VA)
Director of Public Affairs, Islamic Relief USA
Jane Todd (MN)
Minnesota Conference Social Action Coordinator, United Methodist Women
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.
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.
Marsha Wallace (SC)
Co-Founder, Dining For Women
Maura Walsh (IA)
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 and FarmTable Delivery
Honorable Diane Watson (CA)
Former U.S. Representative
Honorable Jacquelyne K Weatherspoon (NH)
CEO/Founder, Decisions in Democracy International; Former New Hampshire State Representative
Judy Wicks (PA)
Co-Founder & Chair Emeritus, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; Founder White Dog Café
Raj Wiener (MI)
Founder (Retired), Wiener Associates
Karen Wilkin-Donachie (IL)
Chief Executive Officer, Pivot-Point International
Marianne Williamson (CA)
Honorable Lynn Woolsey (CA)
Former U.S. Representative
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
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Carol Browner (DC)
Former Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change (Former Secretary of the U.S. EPA)
Kathleen Sebelius (KS)
Secretary of Health and Human Services; (Former Governor of Kansas)

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