Ploughshares Fund is proud to welcome Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins as the newest member of its board of directors. Globally recognized for her diplomatic leadership in the international security field, and for her ability to break down communication barriers, Amb. Jenkins brings a much appreciated depth of knowledge and experience to the Ploughshares Fund board.
“We are honored and thrilled to welcome Amb. Bonnie Jenkins to our board of directors,” said Ploughshares Fund Board Chair Terry Gamble Boyer. “Amb. Jenkins brings experience in international security and nonproliferation as well as a wealth of knowledge of global health in regard to national security."
Amb. Jenkins is Founder and Executive Director of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). WCAPS recently organized a formal statement, “Standing Together Against Racism and Discrimination.” Signed in solidarity by nearly 200 organizations, including Ploughshares Fund, it commits to combatting systemic racism and discrimination.
A native of New York City, Amb. Jenkins served for nine years as legal adviser to US ambassadors and delegations negotiating arms control and nonproliferation treaties during her time as a legal adviser in the Office of General Counsel at the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
“I have been a friend of Ploughshares Fund for many years, dating back to when I was a program officer at the Ford Foundation,” said Amb. Jenkins. “I am very happy to now be on the Board of this amazing foundation.”
“We are thrilled to have Ambassador Jenkins join the Ploughshares Fund board of directors and we look forward to her applying her knowledge, experience and expertise to assist our foundation in growing and better fulfilling our mission,” said Elizabeth Warner, Managing Director and Chief Development Officer at Ploughshares Fund.
Amb. Jenkins is also Chair of the Steering Committee of the International Women’s Conference on Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction to Non-State Actors; the Chair of the Committee on Radioactive Sources: Applications and Alternative Technologies of the National Academies of Sciences; and Member of the Women Building Peace Council, USIP. She is also a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs; as well as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Veterinary Sciences and the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Amb. Jenkins was a contributing writer to the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative report A New Vision: Gender. Justice. National Security., in which the authors lay out practical steps to build a smart, effective national security strategy, through the lens of their work as women on national security issues.