About IWF

IWF's mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty.

IWF is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution. By aggressively seeking earned media, providing easy-to-read, timely publications and commentary, and reaching out to the public, we seek to cultivate support for these important principles and encourage women to join us in working to return the country to limited, Constitutional government.


Affiliated Websites:


The Women Of Independent Women's Forum

IWF Staff:

Sabrina Schaeffer
Executive Director

Carrie L. Lukas
Managing Director

Victoria R. Coley
Director of Communications

Whitney Garrison Athayde
Director of Development

Julie Gunlock
Director, Culture of Alarmism Project and Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum

Charlotte Hays
Director of Cultural Programs, Senior Editor

Hadley Heath
Director of Health Policy

Amber Schwartz
External Relations Manager

Michele Vogt
Digital Director

IWF Senior Fellows:

Karin Agness
Senior Fellow

Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D
Senior Fellow

Amber Smith
Senior Fellow

Rachel DiCarlo Currie
Senior Fellow

Krista Kafer
Senior Fellow

Donna Wiesner Keene
Senior Fellow

Patrice J. Lee
Senior Fellow

Angela Logomasini
Senior Fellow

Jillian Melchior
Senior Fellow

Naomi Schaefer Riley
Senior Fellow

Anna Rittgers
Senior Fellow

Abby W. Schachter
Senior Fellow

Lisa Schiffren
Senior Fellow

Emily Esfahani Smith
Senior Fellow

Gayle Trotter
Senior Fellow

IWF Visiting Fellows:

Jennifer Marsico
Visiting Fellow

Lane Scott, PhD
Visiting Fellow

Christina Villegas
Visiting Fellow

IWF Board of Directors:

Heather R. Higgins - Chairman
Yvonne S. Boice 
Kellyanne Conway
Giovanna Cugnasca 
Lisa Gable
Fmr. Rep. Nan Hayworth

IWF Leadership Circle:

Mindy Berry
Elizabeth Biar
Kim Bolt
Andrea Bottner
Susanna Dokupil
Windi Grimes
Clark Judge
Kate Pomeroy
Janie Tisdale

IWF Directors Emeritae:

Lynne V. Cheney 
Midge Decter 
Kimberly O. Dennis 
Wendy Lee Gramm 
Randy P. Kendrick 
Elizabeth Lurie (deceased)
Kate O'Beirne
Louise V. Oliver 
Sally Pipes 
Nancy M. Pfotenhauer
R. Gaull Silberman (deceased)
Michaelon Wright