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Swanee Grace Hunt

Swanee Grace Hunt, American public policy educator, former ambassador.


Hunt, Swanee Grace was born on May 1, 1950 in Dallas, Texas, United States.


Bachelor, Texas Christian University, 1972. Master of Arts, Ball State University, 1976. Master of Arts in Religion, Iliff School of Theology, 1980.

Doctor of Theology, Iliff School of Theology, 1986. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Webster University, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Denver, 2002.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Graceland University, 2005. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Cambridge College, 2007. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Pine Manor College, 2007.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Mount Ida College, 2007.


Co-founder, co-director Karis Community, Denver, 1980-1983. Minister pastoral care Capital Heights Presbyterian Church, 1979—1984. Vice chair Denver Community Mental Health Commission, 1983-1987.

With Governor Policy Academy on Families and Children at Risk, 1989-1990. Chair Colorado Coordinator Council Housing and the Homeless, Denver, 1988—1993. United States ambassador to Austria United States Department State, Vienna, 1993-1997.

Chair The Institute for Inclusive Security, since 1999. Director Women & Public Policy Program, John F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1997—2008, Eleanor Roosevelt lecturer in public policy, since 2008.


Co-founder Women's Foundation Colorado, 1985-1992. Member, Colorado Children's Campaign, 1985-1990, Center for Law & Reproductive Rights, 1992-1993, United States of America for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 1997-2007, Crisis Group, since 2004. Co-chair Denver Initiative & Families & Children, 1991, Mayor's Human Capital Agenda, 1992.

National co-chair, Dick Gephardt for President, 2000. Member Obama for America New England Steering Committee, 2008. Member of Council Foreign Relations.


Married Charles Alexander Ansbacher. 3 children.