Jolynn Shoemaker

Jolynn focuses on Global Business Strategy and Gender Equity

Ms. Shoemaker is a senior-level consultant and attorney with more than 15 years of private and public sector, academic, and think tank experience. A recognized leader in gender equity issues, she designs strategic planning processes, advisory and governance structures, expands strategic partnerships, develops messaging and communications, and designs and implements new programs. She has contributed significant research, policy analysis, and thought leadership for public sector and non-profit institutions. Ms. Shoemaker has a deep understanding of policy advocacy strategies and issue-based coalition-building. Her expertise includes curricula development on leadership and public policy as well as expertise in international affairs and conflict resolution. She skillfully engages with multi-sector, multi-cultural, and multi-generational stakeholders, and mentors leaders.

Ms. Shoemaker is well-known in Washington as a leading voice on women, peace and security issues. For seven years she served as Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS), the only global network actively advancing women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in international affairs.  Previously, Ms. Shoemaker led a number of research and advocacy initiatives for an operating foundation dedicated to increasing women’s participation in all stages of peace processes. She conceptualized and successfully implemented hundreds of innovative programs, cross-sector partnerships, and outreach efforts for non-profit organizations.  Ms. Shoemaker has significant experience working with government, multilateral, and non-governmental stakeholders to improve human rights, good governance, rule of law, and sustainable international peace and security in developing and conflict-affected countries.

Ms. Shoemaker has served in policy and legal positions for the U.S. government. As an attorney, she negotiated international agreements to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction while in the General Counsel’s Office for International Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ms. Shoemaker was a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

Jolynn holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and a Master of Arts ((M.A.) Security Studies) from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from University of California, San Diego. She has published extensively and has provided commentary in various print and broadcast media outlets. She serves on the Board of Directors of Avatar Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit that supports innovation and diverse talent in multi-cultural work environments. She is a member of the board of directors of the International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law (IANGEL).  She is a member of the New York Bar, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and a Truman National Security Fellow.