Farah Pandith ’90, Special Representative to Muslim communities for the State Department, has been named one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women by The Washingtonian.
According to the magazine, Pandith “has the task of changing perceptions abroad about American attitudes toward Islam. With some 20 million Muslims in Western Europe alone, her portfolio is huge and critical to US global interests.”
Pandith is the first ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the United States Department of State and was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009. Pandith is responsible for engaging with Muslim communities and reports directly to Clinton.
Pandith was born in India and immigrated to Massachusetts as an infant. She received an undergraduate degree in government and psychology from Smith College in 1990 and a Master’s in Law & Diplomacy in 1995 from Tufts University.