The International Center for Research on Women Announces New Vice President of Communications

Press Release Subtitle

Anne McPherson brings 15 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, and programming to the newly-created role of Vice President of Communications

Press Release Date

06 April 2023

Press Release Author

Britt Robinson, Senior Communications Specialist: [email protected]


Anne McPherson, Vice President of Communications, Headshot.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Center for Research on Women is pleased to name Anne McPherson as Vice President, Communications. McPherson comes to the position with more than 15 years of non-profit and social justice communications experience. She will develop and implement strategies to help grow our brand globally, through targeted distribution of research findings and programmatic efforts.

The International Center for Research on Women is a leading global organization dedicated to evidence-informed solutions to advance gender equity, and promote social inclusion and shared prosperity. With offices in Kenya, Uganda, India, and the United States, the International Center for Research on Women provides research evidence to inform policy, optimize programs and influence investment strategies serving the needs and aspirations of women and girls. McPherson will work to amplify our compelling work and mission.

 “I am delighted to welcome Anne to the International Center for Research on Women and know she will bring her creative energy, commitment, and experience to elevate our impact to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere,” said the International Center for Research on Women President and CEO, Peggy Clark.

Before joining the International Center for Research on Women, McPherson was a Senior Vice President at Handshake, a boutique social change consulting firm in New York. She started a communications consultancy in 2020 to advise philanthropies and non-profits on strategy, media relations, and events. She has also served as a Communications Officer at Open Society Foundations, as Communications Director at Global Health Corps, and has worked at Rabin Martin and Edelman. In 2015, McPherson launched the Living Room Exchange (from her living room!) to convene and connect early-stage professionals in New York. She graduated from Yale University and was the Varsity Gymnastics team captain. As an active Yale Women’s Athletic Network (YWAN) member, she helped coordinate the University’s 50th anniversary of women’s athletics and Title IX.

Barbara Bush, co-founder and former CEO of Global Health Corps noted that, “Anne was instrumental in crafting Global Health Corps’ first communications strategy, tirelessly working to support and meaningfully amplify the voices of young, unique global health leaders. Her belief in the power of young leaders is inspiring.” 

“Anne is a passionate and creative advocate for social justice, with years of experience in nonprofit communications,” said Laura Silber, Vice President, Advocacy and Communications, Open Society Foundations. “I look forward to the energy and enthusiasm she will bring to her new role with the Center, and the difference she’ll help the International Center for Research on Women make in the continuing fight for women’s rights.”


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Mission Statement:

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute with offices located in Washington, D.C.; New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.