Alyse Nelson

President & CEO

Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 21 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has expanded its reach to serve over 15,000 women leaders in 181 countries.

Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the State Department’s Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative and worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House.

Recently Alyse was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Global Gender Policy by APolitical. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, served on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start. Alyse is a part of the Expert Group for the B Team and is on the Advisory Boards of Chime for Change, Global Citizen and the World Bank’s We-Fi Initiative. Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. She was honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.

Alyse is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World. Alyse has been featured in international and national media, including the Washington Post, Financial Times, the Miami Herald, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Reuters, and has appeared on BBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, FOX News, and CNBC. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

In 2006 Alyse was named one of ”Ten Women to Watch” by Washingtonian Magazine and was honored by her alma mater, Emerson College, with the distinguished speaker award.  In 2011 she was featured in Newsweek as one of ”150 Women Shaking the World,” and in 2012 she was The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award recipient. Alyse has been a featured speaker at the Inaugural Fortune CEO Initiative Conference,  the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at the Department for International Development’s Distinguished Speaker Series, the Oxford Union at Oxford University, Women in the World, the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, among others.


One of the things I've learned along the way is that a person's path to leadership is rarely planned out perfectly - it's an experience that begins with a conviction to do something.
Alyse Nelson  

@AlyseNelson, 17 hours ago

Thank goodness for Arty Granny! Making Halloween ghosts in Miss V’s class w/ maryhynelson @ Washington, District of…

@AlyseNelson, 2 days ago

I’ve been gone so long...John William is now shaving! #dontblink #ittakesavillage @ Incheon International Airport T…

@AlyseNelson, 3 days ago

Honored to join #WorldBank Annual Meetings in #Indonesia this week to serve as official Observer for #wefi with thi…

@AlyseNelson, 5 days ago

She didn’t ask to be an activist but when the gov’t of Cambodia forcibly evicted her & her family & thousands of ot…

@AlyseNelson, 1 week ago

Dear Malala, Thank you for showing the world that one voice, even (and especially) the voice of a girl, has the pow…