Melanne Verveer Departs White House

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From left: Director of the Department of State’s office on Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pose for a photo at the start of the second meeting of the International Council on Women's Business Leadership on November 27, 2012 in the Benjamin Franklin Room of State Department in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Melanne Verveer, the first-ever U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues, left the White House on Friday for Georgetown University, where she will head the new Institute on Women, Peace and Security. Prior to her time in the Obama administration, Verveer served as chief of staff for then-first lady Hillary Clinton—and Verveer has remained a close friend and adviser since then. In the Obama administration, Verveer visited more than 60 countries and has been dedicated to increasing women and girls’ access to education and health care throughout the globe.