President & Executive Director
Dr. Kent Davis-Packard is President & Executive Director of Women Forward International, which she launched as an initiative at the Aspen Institute in 2019. Most recently, she initiated and developed the SAIS Women Lead curricular program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), launching a practicum program that partners students with public and private organizations on research that advances women.
She taught Johns Hopkins SAIS's first courses on global women's issues: "Transcending Culture: Women as Agents of Change in the International Order” and "Women, Peace, and Security: Moving Beyond the Myth" as well as U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East. She is Features Editor for the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism journal based at the London School of Economics and a member of the Advisory Board of Kallion, an organization that elevates leadership through the humanities.
Previously she was co-Executive Director of Women's Learning Partnership, and a 2014-2015 Council on Foreign Relations Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Guest Scholar and lecturer at the American University in Cairo. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Dr. Davis-Packard played a key role in launching the State Department’s Women in Public Service Project and managed the Egypt Desk's human rights portfolio. She served as a Political Officer in Syria and Department of Defense Desk Officer for Iraq.
Dr. Davis-Packard received her Ph.D. in international relations and Middle East studies and master's degree in conflict management and economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS; a master's degree in French and romance philology from Columbia University; a comparative literature Maitrise, Lettres Modernes, from the Universite of Paris VIII; and a BA in English and comparative literature summa cum laude from Cornell University. She also holds a Certificate in Management Essentials from Harvard Business School Online. As a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, she studied the influence of returning migrants on local communities and literature. She is a graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, DC.
Dr. Davis-Packard has reported on such topics as family law reform, sectarianism and extremism, the women’s movement, labor, and language politics for the Christian Science Monitor and other publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. A term and International Affairs Fellowship Committee Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Cosmos Club's International Affairs Committee, she is fluent in French and able in Arabic and Spanish. She has studied or worked in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Senegal, Syria, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Dr. Davis-Packard's book on contemporary Islamic thought is forthcoming.
Wesley Elizabeth Spencer, M.A.
Director of Arts Partnership and Strategic Development
Wesley Spencer focuses on Strategic Development and Arts Partnerships for Women Forward International. Most recently, she was Advancement Director at Friends School of Louisville, Kentucky. Previously, she served as Director of Major Gifts and Development at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville for eight years. Wesley was Project Manager for Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture, sponsored and published by University Press of Kentucky, in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, the Shelburne Museum, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, American Folk Art Museum, Historic Locust Grove, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill and South Union Shaker Village.
Additionally, she has served as Chief Curator and Director of Programming for major public exhibitions, including: WWII: 48 Local Stories, Top Drawer: 150 Year of Bittners, and America by Design.
During her tenure at the Frazier History Museum, Wesley wrote and researched extensively on standards and best practices for museum and non-profit boards; the development of American cultural identity through the decorative arts; the impact of the 2008 economic crisis on arts and cultural organizations; the effect of cultural institutions on economic growth and development; and the repatriation of cultural property.
Spencer received her Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies, from University of Louisville. She holds a Certification in Major Gifts from the University of Indiana Lilly School of Philanthropy.
Lindsay Wozniak is Senior Vice President, Digital and Creative, at TMP Worldwide LLC and works closely with clients to lead the development and creation of innovative and groundbreaking initiatives and to ensure their success. With 40+ years of experience and over 200 industry awards for creativity and effectiveness, she provides consulting to help clients stay on the forefront of new marketing solutions and trends.
Lindsay began her career as an Art Director and then Creative Director for ABC TV, GE and Stackig Advertising and PR prior to TMP. As a “Hall of Fame” advertising design graduate of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, she thrives in TMP’s innovative and progressive culture.
Lindsay also founded Red Fish Studios, LLC in 2005. Red Fish Studios is all about creative expression and giving back. Film. Photography. Music. Design. Whatever.
Dania Abdalla recently graduated with an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously, she conducted research with El-Karamah organization on the relationship between domestic violence incidence and illiteracy in the Middle East and North Africa region. In 2018-2019, she investigated women’s political participation in the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of the SAIS Women Lead Practicum Program. Dania and her team produced a 35-page report with recommendations for the client, the Supreme Council for Women, and published and presented their research to the diplomatic community and other key stakeholders at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Alongside women’s advancement, Dania’s interests span the arts, gender-based violence, social justice, and spirituality and healing. She received her BA from American University in Philosophy with a minor in Spanish. She is a native Arabic speaker, intermediate in Spanish, and conversational in Italian.
Lori Rose-Drew is a seasoned administrative professional with over 25 years of experience. Her background spans the public and private sectors, providing direct support and project management to C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, high net-worth individuals and senior leadership teams.
Lori is a Northern Virginia native who joins us following a recent move back to NoVA after 14 years living in the Princeton, NJ area. She worked in New York City and New Jersey in a series of roles with industry-leading firms in the fashion, marketing and financial services industries.
In addition to strong organization, people and time management skills, Lori is an experienced project manager with expertise in meeting and event planning, facilities management, operations support and corporate communications.
Lori graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Art History.
Bryan Marks is a Theatre Artist interested in telling compelling stories and exploring the collision of art, narrative, and the contemporary world. He most recently toured the United State as the Technical Director of the Aquila Theatre Company, where he worked closely with actors and designers to present a poignant and timely interpretation of 1984 by George Orwell.
Bryan graduated in 2018 from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a B.A. in Theatre. His focus was on lighting design in nontraditional spaces. He also accomplished a minor in Physics and another in Applied Mathematics.
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