Who Makes It All Happen

Since our founding in 1993, we have directly helped more than 407,000 women survivors of war and conflict and have distributed more than $114 million in funds. Our research uncovered a ripple effect – each woman who graduates has an impact on the lives of those in her family and community.

Network of Supporters

Our work is driven by the passion of a global network of generous donors, sponsors, and volunteers who share our commitment to providing the most marginalized women survivors of war and civil strife with access to essential programs that are transforming lives.

Global Staff and Volunteers

With 550 staff and trainers across the globe working to deliver programs in eight countries, our global team of staff, allies and volunteers work in partnership. Together we deliver effective programs that provide direct services and financial support to the most marginalized and socially excluded women in conflict-torn nations.

We listen and work directly with the women to ensure our programs are responsive to their needs and respectful of their dignity and strength. Inspired by their experiences, we see graduates impacting their communities by sharing knowledge and seeking new opportunities to earn and sustain an income. We know that stronger women build stronger nations and bring about lasting peace and stability.



  • Tony Gambino, Interim CEO

    Tony Gambino serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Women for Women International and a member of the Board of Directors. An internationally recognized expert on the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Gambino provides leadership and guidance to nonpartisan institutions, foundations, and advocates. He brings 25 years of leadership experience in international development and foreign policy to support initiatives that promote stability, democracy, and human development.

    Throughout his career, Gambino has worked to educate policy-makers and the general public on the opportunities and investment needs of the developing world. Drawing on his experience that began as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Gambino’s work has been guided by a deep commitment to supporting initiatives that improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable women and men in conflict zones.

    Gambino has held several leadership positions, including Special Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs at the Department of State and as the Public Policy Director at InterAction. His work and writing has been published by the Council of Foreign Relations, World Bank, and his analysis on the implications of current events in Africa have appeared in the New York Times, BBC, PBS, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Politico, CNN, and other media outlets.

    In 2009, he testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the post-election situation and governance issues in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For seven years Gambino worked with USAID, reopening the USAID Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and subsequently serving as the Mission Director in Kinshasa for two and a half years, receiving USAID’s Superior Honor Award. He has advised and lent his expertise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to numerous organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Carter Center.

    Tony received a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College. He is fluent in French and speaks basic Swahili.

  • Global Leadership Team
  • Board of Directors
  • Country Directors
  • Zainab Salbi, Co-Founder