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Welcoming Victoria A. Budson to the Lincoln School Strategic Advisory Board

We are thrilled to announce an addition to the Lincoln School Strategic Advisory Board, comprised of national and international thought leaders, experts, and innovators from business, academia, and government who provide advice and counsel to school leadership.

Victoria A. Budson, a founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, is joining the Lincoln School Strategic Advisory Board effective immediately. WAPPP is the preeminent institution for advancing interdisciplinary research on approaches to closing gender gaps, educating students and leaders on gender policy, and implementing policy changes at local, state, and national levels. WAPPP created and hosts one of the field’s most significant research seminars to foster faculty dialogue, promote the exchange of innovative ideas, and disseminate findings.

"I am pleased to join the esteemed members of the Lincoln School Strategic Advisory Board and add to the voices and expertise as Lincoln prepares the next generation of exceptional young women to meet the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the 21st century," said Budson.

Budson brings with her years of experience in the fields of gender, diversity, and public policy. She has been recognized by CNN as one of Ten Visionary Women from across the globe (2014), by Boston Magazine as a member of the “The new Power Class; the visionaries, idealists and thinkers whose insights are transforming the way we live, work, learn and play” (2014) and by Apolitical as one of the most influential gender policy makers across the globe, “Gender Equality Top 100: The Most Influential People in Global Policy” (2018).   

A frequent commentator for news publications, television, and radio programs including CNN, Fox News, The New York Times, C-Span, CNBC, The Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, US News & World Report, USA Today, and National Public Radio, Budson focuses on evidence-based methods that are proven to improve diversity and gender equality.

Budson’s policy advice is regularly drawn upon by leaders across sectors. Examples include the Obama Administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army and Air Force, as well as multinational corporations leading on diversity and inclusion. She served as the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women from 2011-2016 and has served as a board member or advisor to numerous other organizations including the Eisenhower Fellowships, the Boston Mayoral Women’s Workforce Council, the Global Thinkers Forum, Womensphere, Women2Women, the Women and Public Service Project, and the National Council for Research on Women.

Budson earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she was a recipient of the Lucius N. Littauer Fellow award for academic distinction and leadership.

Please join us in welcoming her to the Lincoln School community!


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