Ana Escrogima - USA | Office Director, U.S. Department of State
Ana Escrogima is a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State based in Washington, D.C., USA. A 16-year veteran of the State Department, Ana currently serves as the Office Director for Regional and Multilateral Affairs in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau. Most recently, Ana served overseas as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Yemen Affairs Unit in Saudi Arabia, established in 2015 after the closure the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. A former Rusk Fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Ana has extensive experience abroad and in Washington, D.C. She was the State Department’s UAE-based Arabic language spokesperson and served as the Public Affairs Officer in Algeria, where she was responsible for all bilateral cultural and press engagements. Ana served as a political officer at the U.S. embassies in Iraq and Syria; she was the Special Assistant to former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, with responsibility for Middle East issues – most notably the Iran nuclear negotiations. Ana was also a Diplomat-in-Residence for the New York Metro area, where she focused on reaching diverse audiences with the department’s recruitment pitch and taught a course on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. Originally from New York, Ana graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs and French, and holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Lisa Osborne Ross - IWF DC | President, Edelman
Lisa Osborne Ross currently leads Edelman’s Washington, D.C., office as President. She works with clients such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Labor, Under Armour, Prudential, Hilton, Howard University, Morehouse College and more.
Prior to Edelman, Lisa was Managing Director of APCO Worldwide’s flagship office, arriving after a 15-year career at Ogilvy Public Relations. At the start of her career, she was at the Tobacco Institute as an Issues Coordinator working on fire safety and education efforts. She moved on to spend time at FleishmanHillard, where she represented clients such as the NCAA, Southland Corporation and Anheuser-Busch. She then served as Communications Director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s effort to create and promote high-performance workplaces. Continuing her work in the public sector, she became Deputy Director of the bipartisan Federal Glass Ceiling Commission and member of the inaugural team of the White House Office of Women’s Initiatives and Outreach, where she served as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff. She later returned to the U.S. Department of Labor where she created and directed the Office of Public Liaison.
Lisa co-founded and led the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, which has helped fund grassroots organizations addressing the needs of women and young girls through essential services and training. She has also served on numerous school boards and commissions, and has received several awards including Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America (2019), Honoree of Washington Women Who Mean Business (2018) and PR Council Diversity Champion Award (2017).