Gloria L. Blackwell (F’85)

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Vice President of Fellowships and Programs

As the senior vice president of fellowships and programs at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Gloria Blackwell is responsible for designing and implementing initiatives to expand women’s and girls’ opportunities in nontraditional spaces through leadership and oversight of $4 million in fellowships and grant programs; designing and executing a comprehensive set of programs to reshape girls’ and women’s experiences in educational and career settings; and direction of the organization-wide integration of fellowships and programs into every dimension of strategic and operational planning. She also serves as AAUW’s UN main representative, leading global initiatives implemented through collaborations with UN bodies and global coalitions.

Before joining AAUW in 2004 she was the director of Africa education programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She also managed fellowships programs during her decade at IIE and has held positions as a Peace Corps staff member and volunteer in Africa.

Blackwell holds a master’s degree in education and human development from the George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and studied at the American University in Paris. She is committed to supporting opportunities and empowerment for women and girls globally.