Madeleine comes to USGLC from her previous role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as a Program Assistant for two years. In this position, Madeleine provided support to the strategic thinking, planning and development of the Global Policy and Advocacy team, strengthening programs and lifting individuals out of poverty around the world. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Madeleine worked for SightLife, a Global Health organization working to eliminate corneal blindness. A transplant to Washington, DC from the Pacific Northwest, Madeleine grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Seattle, Washington to study political science and global health at the University of Washington.
1992 was the “Year of the Woman.” America saw a record number of women elected to 106th U.S. Congress. One of those new members was Marjorie Margolies, the first woman elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in her own right. I spoke with Congresswoman Margolies— who founded nonprofit Women’s Campaign International after serving in Washington— about the implications of this new era in women’s empowerment, not only for the United States, but for communities around the world.