Sally Donnelly, Leah Hunt-Hendrix join Quincy Institute board

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WASHINGTON — The Board of Directors of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft welcomed Sally Donnelly and Leah Hunt-Hendrix to its ranks today, less than a year after the action-oriented think tank was founded to promote ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace.

“We are thrilled to have these extraordinary leaders join our Board, especially so soon after Quincy’s founding. In addition to their impressive backgrounds, Sally and Leah are passionate about the need for a fundamentally new approach to U.S. foreign policy based on peaceful engagement with the world, robust diplomacy, and a sharp move away from militarism,” Board Chairman Suzanne DiMaggio said.

Sally Donnelly served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis from January 2017 until February 2018. In previous government roles, she headed the Washington office of the U.S. Central Command, working for then-General Mattis until 2012. Prior to that, she was the special assistant to Admiral Mike Mullen, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Donnelly worked at Time magazine for 20 years, where she covered aviation during the 9/11 attacks, and served as a correspondent in the Moscow bureau and as the magazine’s Pentagon correspondent during the first years of the Iraq War. She currently is a Founding Partner of Pallas Advisors.

Leah Hunt-Hendrix is an activist, political theorist, and movement builder who has co-founded three organizations, including Way to Win, where she currently directs the project on governance. She co-founded and served for five years as the Executive Director of Solidaire, a network of philanthropists committed to funding social movements, with a focus on racial and economic justice. She has served on numerous boards, and acts as an advisor to her family foundation, the Sister Fund. She is a Senior Advisor at the American Economic Liberties Project and a member of the Board of Directors of the Solutions Project. 

Donnelly and Hunt-Hendrix join a national, transpartisan board that includes retired military officers and ambassadors, business and philanthropic leaders, and distinguished academics. 

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the talented and enterprising people at Quincy on the critical challenge of promoting the understanding and the practice of military restraint and responsible statecraft,” Donnellly said. 

“I am drawn to Quincy by the challenge of giving voice to that majority of Americans which supports an end to endless war and bringing that voice to bear on political leaders and policymakers,“ Hunt-Hendrix said. “Key to this success will be mobilizing those who are disproportionately drawn into this country’s hyper-militarization, but who have historically been sidelined in the national security debate — namely people of color and the poor,” she added. 

“The appointment of Sally and Leah speaks to the potential of the organization at-large and also, in specific terms, to the directions in which we want to grow Quincy in the years to come. We welcome them and we are eager to apply their talents and experience to our work,” Quincy Institute President Andrew Bacevich added. 

The Quincy Institute promotes ideas that move U.S. foreign policy away from endless war and toward military restraint and vigorous diplomacy in the pursuit of international peace. We are building a world where peace is the norm and war is the exception.