May 6, 2014

The Status of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Charlotte (“Charlie”) Ponticelli
ACFR Program Director

Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli is an international consultant and adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America. Charlie has 23 years of US Government experience, serving most recently as Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues at the US Department of State.

Previously she also served as Senior Advisor for State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Director of Human Rights in State’s Bureau for International Organization Affairs; Congressional Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Director of Congressional Correspondence in the Legislative Affairs Office of the White House.

Charlie is a member of several boards and organizations, including the Bayat Foundation, the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, and the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council. She is a founding partner of Disaster Logistics Relief, a humanitarian organization specializing in telemedicine and disaster-relief technologies.

She received her B.A. (Spanish Literature) from Hood College and her M.A. through New York University’s program in Madrid, Spain.