Dr. Chloe Schwenke is a Quaker educator, international development 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 now serves as the founder and first president of a new non-profit organization: the Center for Values in International Development. Earlier, she completed an assignment as an independent consultant and team leader for a team of leading Indian researchers, all working for the Panagora Group in a six-month inclusive development assessment project for USAID/India.

Prior to her service with Panagora Group, Chloe completed 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).

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