About the Expert
Meighan Stone is a senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), focusing on women’s economic empowerment, girls’ education, and refugee policy. She joined CFR from serving as entrepreneurship fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, where she researched refugee policy and collaborated with Harvard faculty to foster social innovation.
As president of the Malala Fund from 2014 to 2017, Stone worked with founder and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai to empower girls globally to learn and lead without fear. She has led high-level advocacy, international development and media projects with Bono’s ONE Campaign, the United Nations, Global Partnership for Education, World Food Program USA, World Economic Forum, FIFA World Cup, and Group of Seven summits.
Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and to ELLE Magazine's 2017 "Women in Washington Power List," Stone serves as executive chairwoman of Pencils of Promise and on the boards of Congressman John Lewis’ bipartisan Faith and Politics Institute, Indivisible, Civic Engagement Fund, Sweet Briar College, and girls’ coding initiative Kode With Klossy. She received her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and her master’s degree in international social welfare policy from Columbia University, where she was a Congressional Black Caucus fellow.
Board President, Indivisible Civics
Board Member, Faith and Politics Institute
Board Member, Sweet Briar College
Advisory Board, Civic Engagement Fund
Advisory Board, Kode with Klossy
Barriers to women's economic participation persist in every region of the world. Nations need to do more to level the legal playing field for women and ensure that women have the right to compete fairly in the economy—which will lead to significant gains.