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. Stone joined CFR after serving as an 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 Representative John Lewis’s 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.
Indivisible Civics, board president
Faith and Politics Institute, board member
Kode with Klossy, advisory board
Women and girls are excluded from career paths in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This gender gap is causing the world to lose out on “the genius of half the population,” according to former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.
This week, Jim Lindsay discusses the global #MeToo movement with Rachel Vogelstein and Meighan Stone. Vogelstein is the Douglas Dillon senior fellow and director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at CFR. Previously, she was the director of policy and senior advisor in the Office of Global Women’s Issues within the U.S. State Department. Stone is a senior fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy program at CFR, focusing on women’s economic empowerment, girls’ education, and refugee policy. From 2014 to 2017, Stone was president of the Malala Fund, where she worked to empower girls globally.