Dr. Chloe Schwenke is a Quaker, an author, a human rights activist, researcher, ethicist, and an international development practitioner. She is also a hands-on executive and management specialist, and an educator/trainer with over three decades of international experience – nearly half of it while living in developing countries.
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), followed by one year as the Interim Executive Director of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Chloe was selected through a national search process to take up that Executive Directorship role at AWP in a permanent capacity.
Chloe has many publications, including a new memoir entitled Self-ish: A Transgender Awakening that was published on May 4th, 2018 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 many edited volumes.
In her career to date, Chloe has worked in a senior capacity with some of the leading American creative writing, 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
- (i) development ethics and human rights;
- (ii) gender equity and women’s empowerment;
- (iii) transgender and LGBTI issues;
- (iv) leadership; and
- (v) Quakerism.