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 more than 20 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 16,000 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. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, serves 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 Board of Chime for Change. Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. Alyse 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 and has been featured in various international and national media. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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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, 2 weeks ago

Global #Solidarity is the only way to beat this. If you are feeling bored at home - channel that energy into doing…

@AlyseNelson, 3 weeks ago

All of us at @vitalvoices are working from home for the next few weeks to keep our team safe and help to curb the s…

@AlyseNelson, 3 weeks ago

Women do the impossible. They always have — When Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth demanded the right to vote W…

@AlyseNelson, 1 month ago

Incredible night honoring “women with the courage to fight, the strength to survive and the leadership to inspire”…

@AlyseNelson, 2 months ago

I’ll stop the world and melt with you.... ❤️ 🎶 @ Bolinas, California