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.

Photo by Adrienne Longo Photography


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, 15 hours ago

Miss V dressed up for Kindergarten Spirit Week as the leading character from her (current) favorite book! “Elizabet…

@AlyseNelson, 4 days ago

Real leadership is about service to others. I never met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. but I feel honored to know and w…

@AlyseNelson, 7 days ago

What a night! Powerhouse women (and a few good men) using their #PowertoEmpower in support @vitalvoices with our fo…

@AlyseNelson, 1 week ago

History in the making: the #virginia legislature TODAY voted to ratify the #EqualRightsAmendment — meeting the 38-s…

@AlyseNelson, 2 weeks ago

Check out our latest @vitalvoices podcast where I sit down with former President of #Lithuania #DaliaGrybauskaite f…