Mr. Angel Gurría

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Ms. Victoria A. Budson

Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University

Victoria A. Budson is the founding Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard Kennedy School. She advises the Obama White House on policies to close gender gaps and serves on the Planning Committee for the Women in Public Service Initiative founded by the U.S. Department of State that trains women leaders for public and electoral service. Budson also founded and chairs From Harvard Square to the Oval Office: A Political Campaign training program at Harvard University.

Since 2010 she has been an appointee of Governor Patrick to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, which she now chairs. She also is an appointee of Boston Mayors Menino and Walsh serving on the Women’s Workforce Council that seeks to close Boston’s wage gap. Budson is a current advisory board member of Womensphere and Global Thinkers Forum. Previously, she has served on the board of directors for the National Council for Research on Women, ivillage cares, and the National Women's Political Caucus among others.

In 2014 named Budson one of the Top Ten Visionary Women for Women’s History Month. She is often quoted in news publications, television, and radio programs, including CNN International, Fox News Live, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, New England Cable News, US News and World Report, Talk of the Nation, Radio Boston and The Connection on National Public Radio among others. Budson holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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