Melanne Verveer, one of the former secretary of state’s closest pals and her chief of staff in the Clinton White House years, is leaving Friday to run Georgetown University’s new Institute on Women, Peace and Security.
President Obama appointed Verveer in 2009 to be the first-ever ambassador-at- large for global women’s issues, an area of particular focus and concern for Clinton. Verveer visited some 60 countries to promote women’s economic and political participation, including garden spots like Afghanistan and the violence-torn, not-so-Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Her husband, top communications lawyer Phil Verveer, left his job at State last week, where he’d been coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. He’s said to be mulling his options.
In addition, Kris Balderston, who worked in the Clinton White House, was Hillary Clinton’s legislative director and deputy chief of staff in Senate days and more recently special representative for global partnerships at the State Department, is moving to head the Washington office of communications firm Fleishman-Hillard.