Former Chair of the Board

Phyllis E. Oakley

Phyllis E. Oakley is a retired Foreign Service Officer of the Department of State. Her last positions were Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. She was the first woman spokesman for the State Department under George Shultz. After retirement, she taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Mt. Holyoke College, and Northwestern University, her alma mater. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy. As well as serving as Chair of the Friends of UNFPA Board from 2003-2007, Mrs. Oakley has also served on the boards of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Board of Visitors of CIA University.

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