Dr. Chloe Schwenke is a Quaker educator, ethicist, human rights activist, feminist, researcher,  and an international development practitioner. She is also a hands-on executive and manager with many years of international experience – much of it acquired while living in developing countries.

Chloe is currently an independent consultant, and is now leading a team for Panagora Group in a five-month social inclusion assessment project for USAID/India.

Earlier, after completing a one-year contract as the Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), she served for one year as the Interim Executive Director of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Chloe was then selected through a national search process to take up that Executive Directorship role at AWP in a permanent capacity. That “permanent” status ended abruptly and with no prior warning when she was terminated from that position, following an upheaval on the Board of Trustees. Chloe is now pursuing legal recourse for this unlawful and discriminatory termination.

Chloe has authored many publications, including a 2018 memoir entitled Self-ish: A Transgender Awakening by Red Hen Press. Her first book was Reclaiming Value in International Development: The Moral Dimensions of Development Policy and Practice in Poor Countries (Praeger 2008). She has also written chapters in ten edited volumes.

In her career to date, Chloe has worked in a senior capacity with some of the leading American development, research, and human rights organizations. She has also generated a lengthy list of accomplishments in her periods as an independent consultant, on projects of the Human Rights Campaign, USAID, the US State Department, the World Bank, the UN, many international donors, and the Inter-American Development Bank.

She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was chosen as Alumna of the Year for 2013.

This website provides more information on the writings, work, consulting services, Quaker values, and thoughts of Chloe and encourages the reader to join a wider dialogue on

This website also houses Chloe’s blog, which was selected by Feedspot in 2017 as one of the top 40 human rights blogs on the web.


Advocating for universal human dignity