New United States delegation appointed to the 2009 UN Commission on the Status of Women

Meryl Frank Meryl Frank is the new U.S. Representative to the 2009 CSW.  Ms. Frank is the Mayor of Highland Park, New Jersey, first elected in 2000. She has had previous experience with the World Health Organization, and was an author of the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (1993). She’s a member of the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum and the Democratic Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Commission on the Appointment of Women. She holds graduate degrees from Yale University in International Relations and Political Science, and Public Health from Yale School of Medicine.

Click here to read her statement of March 4, 2009 to the Commission on the Status of Women.


Beth BrookeBeth Brooke, a Public Delegate, is the global vice chair of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for Ernst & Young LLP. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Brooke earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue University and holds CPA and FLMI distinctions. In addition to being named in the Forbes 100, Accounting Today listed her among the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. A former adviser to the Clinton Administration, she worked in the U.S. Department of Treasury on policy issues before serving as Ernst & Young's national director of Tax Advisory Services. Based in Washington, D.C, Brooke is involved in many civic and business organizations and serves on the boards of TechnoServe, the White House Project, the Atlantic Council of the United States, the Partnership for Public Service, the Advisory Council for Open Compliance and Ethics Group, and the National Women's Leadership Hall of Fame Advisory Council.

Ellen CheslerEllen Chesler, a Public Delegate, is Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Roosevelt House, the new public policy center of Hunter College of the City University of New York. From 1997-2006, Chesler was senior fellow at The Open Society Institute, the international foundation started by George Soros, where she directed the foundation's $35 million program in reproductive health and rights and advised on a range of other grant making and policy development concerns.  From 1997 to 2003, Chesler chaired the board of the International Women's Health Coalition. She currently chairs the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and also serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Felice GaerFelice Gaer, a Public Delegate, is Director of The Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights of The American Jewish Committee. She is an author, speaker, and activist, a member of the International Human Rights Council at The Carter Center, and serves on the Steering Committee of Human Rights Watch/Helsinki. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Directors of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, and is Vice President of the International League for Human Rights. She is Chair of the Steering Committee for the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ms. Gaer has been a public member of seven United States delegations: to the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (1994-1997); the World Conference on Human Rights (1993); the Fourth World Conference on Women (1995); and the Habitat II prepcom.

Judy GoldJudy Gold, a Public Delegate, is the Chair of the Obama campaign’s Policy Committee on Women’s Issues. She is a partner at Perkins Coie, a private law practice, and has devoted herself to women’s advocacy and philanthropy. In addition to her work in political law, private equity, and real estate, she served in Mayor Daley’s cabinet as the Chief of Policy. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Women’s Business Development Center, the Alumni Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women, and the Board of Mother Jones magazine. Previously, Judy was Chair of the Illinois Commission of the Status of Women for 5 years, served on the Illinois State Board of Education, and worked in the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1986 and her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1989.

Newly appointed advisors are as follows:

Katherine Blakeslee, U.S. Agency for International Development

Elizabeth Cousens, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Katherine M. Gorove, U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Advisor

Robert S. Hagen, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, ECOSOC section

William Heidt, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, ECOSOC section

Linda L. Lum, U.S. State Department Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Peggy Kerry, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Press Office

Michael Panb, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Front Office

Laurie Shestack Phipps, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Elizabeth Schlachter, U.S. State Department Bureau of Population and Migration

Suzanne Sheldon, U.S. State Department Bureau of Population and Migration

Meridith Webster, U.S. United Nations Washington Office.

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