Áine Duggan has been named to be the new President of The National Council for Research on Women. Duggan, who most recently served as Vice President for Research, Policy, and Education at the Food Bank for New York City, is a well-known leader of public policy, education, and advocacy programs related to social justice. The thirty-year-old Council is a network of more than 200 members and partners – including university, nonprofit, and stand-alone research, policy, and advocacy centers focused on women, as well as corporate and government partners – and has an “expert bank” of more than 2,000 researchers and specialists at organizations across the country.
Duggan becomes the Council’s fourth leader, succeeding Linda Basch, Ph.D., who has led the organization for 16 years of growth. Basch has been awarded a year-long fellowship to Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative beginning in January 2013.
“Áine’s coming aboard represents a new chapter in the National Council for Research on Women, as we work to make an even greater impact on the lives of women and girls across the economic spectrum,” says Lucie lapovsky, Chair of the Council's Board of Directors. “Her vision embraces the enormous power of hard research as an agent of change.”
Born in Cork, Ireland, and trained at University College Dublin, Duggan’s formative work was with the Irish Refugee Council, and Cáirde, an Irish AIDS organization. She came to the US permanently in 1999 ans also served as Director for Public Education at the Coalition for the Homeless in New York.
“In leading the Council, my goal is to leverage and support the power of research, and its ability to embolden women’s progress, empower change, and achieve gender equity,” says Duggan. “We want to harness the force that data brings to women’s stories, and to show how imperative it is that we increase efforts to eradicate gender inequality.
At the Food Bank for New York City, Duggan created and implemented a multi-year policy, advocacy, and program strategy for the group’s network of 1,000 member organizations, establishing a research wing and positioning the Food Bank as the regional hub of food poverty services for more than two million New Yorkers.
Duggan is taking the reins of the Council as the organization, under Ms. Basch’s leadership, has broadened its reach in the academic, business, philanthropic, and government communities, including the establishment of a Corporate Circle of Fortune 500 companies and major law firms, a Presidents Circle of college and university presidents, and a network of over 2,000 leading researchers. The Council’s reports have been called “the gold standard of research on women and girls.”
“The Council has become a primary advocate – based on solid research – for advancing women’s rights and opportunities in traditionally male-dominated arenas such as the sciences, corporations, and the financial community,” says Ms. Basch. “Áine Duggan’s exceptional credentials and passion for new research will help advance the Council’s mission even further.”