Our first guest is Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Evelyn Patricia “Pat” Foote.
When the Pentagon announced they would open all combat positions to women in 2016, it was one of the most momentous military decisions since the armed services was racially integrated in 1948. Advocates of gender integration say women are fully capable of performing the difficult tasks involved with combat, and they point out that even though women have been barred officially from combat duties in Iraq and Afghanistan, female soldiers have nonetheless fought and died there. The Pentagon is now working toward greater equality in the military, but it remains to be seen whether drastic changes are in order on the battlefield. To bring some perspective and insight to this issue, Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General, Pat Foote.
General Foote retired from active duty on September 1, 1989. In December 1996, she was recalled to active duty to serve as Vice Chair of the Secretary of the Army’s Senior Review Panel on Sexual Harassment. On October 1, 1997, General Foote returned to retired status and served as a Consultant to the Office of the Secretary of the Army through July 1998, briefing military leaders and various organizations concerning the Senior Review Panel’s report, its findings and its recommendations. From 1998 to 2007, she served as president of the Alliance for National Defense, a non-profit organization that supports women in the military. She remains an active spokesperson for the Army and other organizations concerning the role of women in the military services.
Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance is our next guest she discusses the importance of after-school programs for students, families and communities and the ways they help students succeed in school and in life. Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable after-school programs. Jodi graduated from Yale University with honors and received her law degree from Harvard University. She currently serves on the Board of Partners for Livable Communities and is a Trustee of America’s Promise. She lives with her husband and two children in Bethesda, Maryland.
Joining Jodi Grant is Audrey M. Hutchinson Director of Education
Audrey M. Hutchinson is the Director of Education and Expanded Learning at the National League of Cities (NLC), Institute for Youth, Education and Families. In this role, she directs several national initiatives to strengthen the capacity of mayors, city council members and other local officials who are interested in addressing the quality of K-12 education, post-secondary and workforce, and after-school and summer learning in their cities. Prior to joining NLC, Ms. Hutchinson served in the Clinton Administration for 8 years where she held several senior positions at The White House and U.S. Department of Education. At the U.S. Department of Education, Ms. Hutchinson worked on key initiatives including the School-to-Work Opportunities Act, higher education, and international education. At the White House, she served as Chief of Staff to President Clinton’s Initiative on Race to carry out his vision for racial reconciliation. Ms. Hutchinson held senior positions at the City University of New York focusing on strengthening partnerships between college, community, and city and state governments, and spent the preceding years as a special assistant and policy analyst for the President of the New York City Council. Ms. Hutchinson holds a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Purchase College, SUNY.