Ambassador Swanee Hunt is active in Democratic politics and focused on increasing diverse representation. Her passion for mental health reform and advocacy inspired her foray into politics in Colorado. During Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, she co-chaired “Serious Women, Serious Issues, Serious Money” — widely considered the first time such diverse women came together to provide major financial backing for a national political campaign. Since then, she has supported several candidates at all levels. During the 2004 election, for example, Hunt was national co-chair of Dick Gephardt’s 2004 presidential bid and subsequently active in John Kerry’s campaign.

Unconventional Women

In conjunction with both political parties’ national conventions, Ambassador Hunt has hosted multiple, high-profile “Unconventional Women” events aimed at uniting women and advancing their political leadership and participation.

Unconventional Women 2012

The 2012 event included two high-level “think tanks” at both the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Unconventional Women 2008

A historic symposium in Denver united 3,000 women at the Democratic National Convention.

Unconventional Women 2004

“Unconventional Women: A Gathering of Great Minds” was held at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.


Women’s Voting Circles

Working with Katherine Archuleta, who would later serve as national political director for President Obama’s reelection campaign, Ambassador Hunt engaged some 1200 activists to bring nearly 10,000 of the least likely to vote women to the polls in 2008. Conceptualized as “voting circles,” women already committed to a victory for Barack Obama self-organized into expanding circles from which they shepherded unaffiliated citizens through the voting process. Each circle was independent, determining its own name, accountability, goals, strategy, and tactics. Members were responsible to each other rather than headquarters; which, instead, served as a resource, data clearinghouse, and tracking location.

Gifted Women

Swanee Hunt launched “Gifted Women” in June 2005. The initiative brought Massachusetts women together to elect more women to high-level public office and raise women’s influence as both fundraisers and architects of the political landscape. Ultimately a series of events to raise money for women by women, “Gifted Women” targeted support to Democratic women vying for a seat in the US Senate and the governor’s office.

Photos from the 2007 Gifted Women event

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Photos from the 2006 Gifted Women event

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