Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Donna Cochran McLarty is co-founder and chair emeritus of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A McLarty Scholars program, established by Ms. McLarty and her family, provide opportunities for graduate students from the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas at VVGP and Georgetown University’s Institute of Women, Peace and Security. The Scholars have the opportunity for engagement in substantive international work in areas of economic empowerment, human rights and political participation. Ms. McLarty serves on the Board of Advisors at the University of Arkansas where she is an alumna.
Ms. McLarty has a demonstrated commitment to empowering others through public service, international education, cultural diplomacy, and interfaith dialogue. Among her many roles, as a trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she created the multi-year, AmericArtes festival to showcase the rich culture of Latin America. She continues to serve as a member of their International Committee on the Arts. Ms. McLarty is on the board of Blair House, the President’s guest house for visiting dignitaries, where her focus has been on promoting diplomacy. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and has been actively involved in the Meridian International Center, where she was a long-time board member. Ms. McLarty is a trustee of Religions for Peace and co-chaired the Global Initiative Council as a trustee for Wesley Theological Seminary. She recently co-chaired the Women’s Forum for Conservation International and previously served on the boards of WETA, Washington’s local public broadcasting station, the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, and Race For The Cure.
In her home state of Arkansas, Ms. McLarty helped create and chaired the Centers for Youth and Families, co-chaired the Arkansas Commission for Juvenile Justice with then-First Lady of Arkansas Hillary Clinton, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arts in Education program and the Airport Commission. She has been recognized with the Arkansas Community Service Award for her work with Arkansas non-profits, the American Gas Association Humanitarian Award, and, together with her husband, Thomas F. McLarty III, the National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award. Ms. McLarty is a cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas.