Panel of Experts

Dining for Women’s Panel of Experts is a collection of individuals who bring unique skills and expertise, and provide advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors and President.

Our Panel includes the following individuals:

Ambassador Steven Steiner

Ambassador Steven E. Steiner is the gender advisor for the U.S. Institute of Peace. He previously served in the Department of State’s Office of Global Women‘s Issues and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. He also was the director of the Department's Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative.
Steiner served for 36 years in the United States Foreign Service. He completed tours of duty at the U.S. embassy in Moscow and the State Department’s Offices of Soviet Union and West German Affairs and served as the deputy director of the Department’s Operations Center, its 24-hour crisis management facility. He served from 1983 to 1988 as director of Defense Programs on the National Security Council Staff. He was named by President Reagan as the U.S. representative to the Special Verification Commission, the implementing body for the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), and was named by President Bush in September 1991 to serve as the U.S. Representative to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission, the implementing body for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
Ambassador Steiner received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002, Presidential Meritorious Service Awards in 1990 and 1992, and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency’s Superior Honor Award in 1993. In May 1983, he received the Department of State's Superior Honor Award for his work on European security issues.
Born in Pennsylvania, Steiner received a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1963 and a Master’s Degree in international relations from Columbia University in 1966. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Washington Institute on Foreign Affairs, and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council, and he serves on the Board of the Council for a Community of Democracies.

Dr. Angela Eikenberry

Angela M. Eikenberry is David C. Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on the social, economic and political roles of philanthropy, voluntary associations, social enterprise, and nonprofit organizations in democratic governance. Her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, Democracy (Indiana University Press) won CASE’s 2010 John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy. She was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar to conduct research on giving circles in the UK. More information about her work can be found at:

Tara Abrahams

Tara Abrahams is an advocate for girls and women globally and currently serves as the executive director of The Girl Project at Glamour magazine, the brand’s philanthropic initiative to support girls’ secondary education around the world. Tara was previously president and deputy director of Girl Rising, a global movement and innovative feature film that raise awareness about the importance of educating girls in the developing world. More recently, Tara worked with Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in the technology sector, and with International Center for Research on Women, the leading research institution focused on gender issues around the world.
Prior to her work with Girl Rising, Tara served as the founding director of the Maverick Capital Foundation, as a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, and as a managing director at Acelero Learning. Tara began her career as the founding New York director of Health Leads, an organization that mobilizes undergraduate volunteers to implement programs to improve the health of low-income children and families.
Tara graduated with high honors from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School, where she received the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. She has served as a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and is currently a board member of Strong Women Strong Girls and an advisor to She’s the First. Tara also leads local and international efforts related to women’s empowerment through the Harvard Alumni Association.