Stephenie Foster is a founding partner of Smash Strategies, which provides strategic advice to corporations, institutions and philanthropists to ensure that their investments in women and girls are effective and transformational. From 2012-17, she served at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as a Senior Advisor/Counselor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and before that at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan where she focused on women and civil society. Prior to joining the State Department, she had her own consulting firm, with an emphasis on domestic and international policy advocacy, government affairs, program development and training, and law. Foster has worked as a Chief of Staff to United States Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Chris Dodd (D-CT), and in senior management positions in the non-profit sector. She is a frequent public speaker on women and foreign policy, and has published extensively on women and politics. She started her career in private law practice in San Francisco, CA.