Jolynn Shoemaker focuses on gender equality in international peace and security. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations engaged in policy-relevant research, advocacy, and training on Women, Peace and Security and women's leadership. Ms. Shoemaker is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine, focusing on feminist foreign policy and related peace and security themes. She is also an adjunct professor at California State University Sacramento, where she teaches national security, and works on global engagement strategy at University of California, Davis. For more than 7 years, she served as the Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS) where she developed studies on women's experiences in US government policy positions and women's leadership opportunities in the UN. Previously, she led a number of research and advocacy initiatives on Women, Peace and Security for the Institute for Inclusive Security. Ms. Shoemaker has served in policy and legal positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and served in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. She holds a J.D. and an M.A. (Security Studies) from Georgetown University and a B.A. from University of California, San Diego.