Penny Abeywardena

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Penny leads the Clinton Global Initiative’s Girls and Women program and is Associate Director, Commitments. She is responsible for the portfolio of CGI Commitments focused on girls and women worldwide as well as spearheading year round efforts in this space. Prior to CGI, Penny worked in both development and programmatic areas for Human Rights Watch, the Funding Exchange and the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and completed her Master of International Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Penny is currently an organizer of TEDxHarlem 2012, serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Success Academy Five, the Advisory Board of Blue Engine, and a member of the Global Fund for Muslim Women’s Global Advisory Council. She actively advises the development of a number of women-related summits and conferences and has previously served on the Boards of Sakhi for South Asian Women and Resource Generation.

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