Gloria L. Blackwell serves as Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW, a leader and innovator for gender equity for 140 years, is a nonpartisan organization committed to advancing gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. With over 170,000 members and supporters, as well as 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners, AAUW is at the forefront of increasing women’s economic, educational and political equity, access and opportunity.
Blackwell, who is also AAUW’s main representative to the United Nations, has more than 25 years of nonprofit, international and government expertise and was the driving force behind AAUW’s signature programs, including their highly esteemed fellowships and grants programs—which have awarded more than $130 million in funding to nearly 13,000 women scholars and community programs in the U.S. and over 140 countries. She also spearheaded the growth of AAUW’s award-winning salary negotiation trainings, which have reached nearly 190,000 participants, and significantly expanded AAUW’s programming outreach to girls and women of color.
Blackwell is the recipient of multiple honors and awards and has led and served on numerous boards and advisory groups. She holds a master’s degree in education and human development from The George Washington University, and bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She also studied at the American University in Paris, France.