Founder and Executive Director, WCAPS

Bonnie is founder and executive director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security & Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), a 501c3 organization established in 2017. She is also nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Bonnie chaired the steering committee of the International Women’s Conference on Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction to Non-State Actors. From 2009 to 2017, she was an ambassador at the US Department of State (DOS), where she served as coordinator for threat reduction programs. She was the US representative to the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, the DOS lead to the Nuclear Security Summits, and a leading US official on the Global Health Security Agenda. Bonnie also worked at the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was a Ford Foundation program officer. A retired Navy Reserve officer, she holds a PhD in international relations from the University of Virginia, as well as LLM, MPA, and JD degrees. Her BA comes from Amherst College.

I am most excited to work on projects that… include individuals from different backgrounds.

I am looking for partners who can help me… expand my perspectives.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… seeing the results of hard work.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… aim to improve the diversity of perspectives.

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