Dr. Chloe Schwenke is a human rights and social inclusion researcher, scholar and international development practitioner with over three decades of international experience – nearly half of it while living in Africa and Asia. She recently served as vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C., where she supervised three teams. Earlier, as a political appointee during the Obama Administration, Chloe served as Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Earlier still, she served initially as Director of Business Development and then Technical Director for one of America’s leading international development firms, Management Systems International.
Chloe’s scholarship and programmatic work are informed by feminist ethics, the capabilities approach, social inclusion, social norms transformation, and human rights moral concepts. Through her work, she addresses the challenges of keeping development assistance grounded in an ethically explicit and justifiable framework – with a focus on achieving pragmatic, measurable results on the ground.
Chloe received her Ph.D. in public policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was Alumna of the Year for 2013. In that same year she was awarded a National Public Service Award by the National Center for Transgender Equality, and in 2016 she was awarded the Global Advocate Award by DC Center – Global. She is the author of Reclaiming Values in International Development (Praeger 2008), and her memoir will be published by Red Hen Press in May of 2018.