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Farah Pandith was appointed Special Representative to Muslim Communities
in June 2009. Her office is responsible for executing Secretary
Clinton's vision for engagement with Muslims around the world on a
people-to-people and organizational level. She reports directly to the
Secretary of State.
Prior to this appointment, she was Senior
Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian
Affairs. In this role she was focused on Muslim communities in Europe
where she was responsible for policy oversight for integration,
democracy, and Islam in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She
also worked on issues relating to countering violent Islamic extremism.
joining the Department of State, she served as the Director for Middle
East Regional Initiatives for the National Security Council. She was
responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on "Muslim World" Outreach and
the Broader Middle East North Africa initiative. She reported directly
to the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security
Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy. Special Representative Pandith
served on the staff of the National Security Council from December 2004
to February 2007.
Prior to joining the NSC, Special
Representative Pandith was Chief of Staff for the Bureau for Asia and
the Near East for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
She worked directly for the Assistant Administrator for the bureau
responsible for more than $4 billion in programs throughout the Middle
East, South Asia, and Asia -- including Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza/West
Bank. In 2004, she spent two months in Kabul, Afghanistan.
1997 to 2003 Special Representative Pandith was Vice President of
International Business for ML Strategies in Boston, Massachusetts. She
received a Master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
at Tufts University, where she specialized in International Security
Studies, Islamic Civilizations and Southwest Asia, and International
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. She concentrated on the insurgency
in Kashmir and has spoken on the subject in international and domestic
Prior to graduate school, Special Representative Pandith
worked at USAID as the Special Assistant to the Director of Policy. She
has been a consultant in both the public and non-profit sectors. Special
Representative Pandith has served on several boards with a focus on
international affairs including the World Affairs Council of Boston, the
Council for Emerging National Security Affairs, and the
British-American Project. She was a Term Member of the Council on
Special Representative Pandith received an
A.B. in Government and Psychology from Smith College, where she was
president of the student body. She has served as a Trustee of alma
maters Smith College and Milton Academy. She is currently a member of
the Board of Overseers of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India.
was sworn in as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism on
November 23, 2009. Sparked by the work and experience of her father, a
rabbi and Holocaust survivor, and her own experience studying to become a
rabbi, Hannah Rosenthal has led a life marked by activism and a passion
for social justice.
Before joining the State Department, Ms.
Rosenthal was Executive Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women,
where she led one of the largest women's funds in the world. Prior to
that, she was Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public
Affairs for five years, where she worked on domestic and international
policy for the organized Jewish community in North America.
Rosenthal served as Midwest regional director of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration. She was
involved in community organizing, and the antiwar and civil rights
movements in the 1960s.
Ms. Rosenthal attended graduate school
for rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and Los
Angeles, and holds a bachelor's degree in religion from the University
of Wisconsin. Ms. Rosenthal has two grown daughters who are busy mending
the world with their mom.