Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Donna Cochran McLarty is a leader in national and international efforts to support women, children, and families. An emphasis on cross-cultural understanding is reflected in many dimensions of her work, as she encourages international education, cultural diplomacy through the arts, and interfaith dialogue.
Mrs. McLarty is co-founder and chair emeritus of Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering emerging women leaders in developing countries around the world. She and her husband, Thomas F. McLarty III, have created the McLarty Scholars program which enables students from the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas to engage in substantive international work at Vital Voices and Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
Mrs. McLarty also serves on the boards of Blair House, the President’s Guest House, and World Conference of Religions for Peace. She formerly served on the Women’s Foreign Policy Group’s Board of Directors, the Meridian International Council Board, the Women’s Forum of Conservation International, and co-chaired the Global Initiatives Council at Wesley Theological Seminary.
As a trustee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mrs. McLarty created the multi-year, AmericArtes festival featuring the rich arts and culture of Latin America and co-chaired the Kennedy Honors. She continues to serve as a member of the Kennedy Center’s International Committee on the Arts.