Melanne S. Verveer (born June 24, 1944) is, since April 6, 2009, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. She is the former Chief of Staff to First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton and co-founder and chairman of the board of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international non-governmental organization that supports global women's leadership.
Before serving in the Clinton White House, Verveer served as Executive Vice President of People for the American Way (where she was instrumental in the campaign towards the rejection of Robert Bork as Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, an official of Common Cause and of the U.S. Catholic Conference, and on the staffs of U.S. Senator George McGovern and of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
She was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. She attended Georgetown University where she received B.Sc. and M.Sc degrees in languages and Russian studies, respectively. She is married to Philip Verveer, who is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communications and Information Policy and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. Her son Michael Verveer is an Alderman in Madison, Wisconsin, where he represents a heavily student ward on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus.
- Her name was misspelled in Ed Klein's book The Truth About Hillary, where he referred to her as "Melanie Verveer".
- Arthur Jones (1994-09-09). "Appointments With Power: An Insider's Guide to the Clinton Administration's Top Business Policy-Makers". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2007-10-25.
- Rhee, Foon. Boston.com. Obama nominates ambassador for women's issues March 6, 2009. Accessed March 8, 2009.
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