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Katharyn van der Veen

Katharyn van der Veen

Office of Global Women's Issues

U.S. Department of State

Washington, Other

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U.S. Department of State

Office of Global Women's Issues

The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues is committed to advancing the rights of women and girls as a central focus of U.S. diplomatic, development and defense interests. The work of the office is organized based on four pillars: 1) Promoting the full engagement of women in the political and economic spheres; 2) Mitigating the impact of violence against women; 3) Addressing underlying socio-economic problems, including women’s access to health and education, food security, and global problems such as climate change; and 4) Ensuring that women are integrated as equal participants in reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction and development in areas affected by conflict.

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American Red Cross

International Response Operations Center

American Red Cross helps vulnerable people and communities around the world prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and health crises by mobilizing the power of the world's largest humanitarian network, made up of 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and more than 13 million volunteers.

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Near East Foundation

Program Assistant

The Near East Foundation (NEF) assists the most vulnerable and marginalized people in the Middle East and Africa to participate more fully in their countries' development—to build the lives they envision for themselves.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Program Coordinator, Global Development

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.

The Global Development program's mission is to increase opportunities for people in developing countries to overcome hunger and poverty. The Agricultural Development program helps small farmers boost their productivity, increase their incomes, and build better lives for their families. The Global Libraries program supports efforts to supply and maintain free public access to computers and the Internet in ten countries around the world.

Positions: Program Assistant (2007-2009), Interim Program Coordinator (2009-2010)

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Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Master of Public Administration; Master of Arts in International Relations

National University of Ireland, Galway

History, Classics

University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts in History; Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies