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Independent Women's Forum is an educational 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well-intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities. We work every day to engage and inform women and create a community to discuss how policy issues – including paid leave, health care, taxes, energy, minimum wage, and education – impact them and their families. 

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The Women Of Independent Women's Forum

Carrie Lukas

Amber Schwartz
Executive Vice President


Victoria Coley
Vice President Communications

Elizabeth Tew
Communications Manager

Meghan Agostinelli
Communications Coordinator

Meghan Liuzzo
Communications Intern


Michele Vogt
Digital Media Director

Sekayi Brunsen
Graphic Design Lead

Ebonique Ellis
Marketing Manager

Cassie Alsfeld
Senior Digital Marketing Advisor


Ashley C. MacLeay
Director of External Relations

Andi Bottner
Senior Advisor


Somerlyn Cothran
Senior Vice President of Investor Relations

Jennifer Marquez
Director of Foundation Relations

Casidy McMeans
Development Associate

Jamie Whitefield
Investor Relations Coordinator


Hadley Heath Manning
Director of Policy

Heather Madden
Director of Operations and Policy Research

Julie Gunlock
Director, Center for Progress and Innovation

Charlotte Hays
Director of Cultural Programs, Senior Editor

Jennifer C. Braceras
Director, Independent Women's Law Center

Patrice Lee Onwuka
Senior Policy Analyst

Inez Feltscher Stepman
Senior Policy Analyst

Erin Hawley
Senior Legal Fellow, Independent Women’s Law Center

Charlotte Whelan
Policy Research Assistant


IWF wants women to be able to express their own opinions freely and encourages a robust debate on the issues facing our country. Our senior fellows are passionate about the cause of improving society and helping people live better lives. We promote our senior fellows because we believe these women are doing excellent work and deserve a platform to be heard. Although affiliated with IW, the views and opinions expressed by each fellow are her own and may not reflect the official position of the organization. If you are interested in a fellowship at IWF, please click this link to our application.

Karin Agness Lips
Senior Fellow

Vicki E. Alger, Ph.D
Senior Fellow

Laura Carno
Senior Fellow

Rachel DiCarlo Currie
Senior Fellow

Beverly Hallberg
Senior Fellow

Angela Logomasini
Senior Fellow

Elisha Maldonado
Senior Fellow

Naomi Schaefer Riley
Senior Fellow

Claudia Rosett
Foreign Policy Fellow

Kristin Shapiro
Senior Fellow

Lisa Schiffren
Senior Fellow

Christina Villegas
Senior Fellow

IWF Visiting Fellows:

Dr. Qanta Ahmed
Visiting Fellow

Kelsey Bolar
Visiting Fellow

IWF Board of Directors:

Heather R. Higgins - Chairman
Yvonne S. Boice
Tarren Bragdon
Giovanna Cugnasca
The Hon. Nan Hayworth 
Mike Leven
Abby Moffat
Myles Pollin

IWF Board of Directors Emeritae:

Kellyanne Conway
Larry Kudlow
Michaelon Wright

IWF Leadership Circle:

Sabrina Schaeffer - Leadership Circle Chair
Mindy Berry
Andrea Bottner
Krista Cupp
Kelly Cushman
Susanna Dokupil
Lisa Gable
Windi Grimes
Jennifer Higgins
Clark Judge
Laura Cox Kaplan 
Anne Kolton
Claudette Lajam
Kate Pomeroy
Mercedes Schlapp
Sandra Swirski
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 (deceased)
Louise V. Oliver 
Sally Pipes 
Nancy M. Pfotenhauer
R. Gaull Silberman (deceased)

Independent Women's Forum is an educational 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing and advancing policies that aren’t just well intended, but actually enhance people’s freedom, choices, and opportunities. IWF is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Voice.​
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