About Us

Who we are

Founded in 1973, Executive Women in Government is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization comprised of Federal Government women executives. Members prepare, promote, and support women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government and the military through networking, shared knowledge and experience, and mentoring.

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EWG is getting a fresh new look!

We’re kicking off the 2017 – 2018 year with a fabulous slate of engaged leadership, enriching programs and energetic committees, now being formed.

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Prepare, promote, support and mentor women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government.  Build a powerful network to share experiences, to enhance professional relationships, and to increase understanding among women executives in the Federal Government. Motivate women leaders in the federal government to contribute to effective succession planning by creating a mentoring culture within their sphere of influence.

Advocate for the advancement of women in senior leadership positions in the Federal Government, to include taking a public position on issues related to the purposes and goals of the organization; provide an opportunity to become better acquainted with other professional women in an atmosphere conducive to the constructive exchange of professional ideas; and encourage by collective example and action, interest and participation in public service by other women.

EWG President Kim M. Berns

About us

Our History

Executive Women in Government was founded in 1973 by the Honorable Barbara Franklin and other high-ranking government Women.

“We, the women in government who were really concerned about the advancement of women, began having meetings.  I was then serving in the White House and was able to arrange meetings there, first in the Roosevelt Room, then as our numbers grew, in larger venues.  After I left the White House we wanted to keep meeting, so we formed Executive Women in Government in 1973 and created by-laws in 1974.  The level of camaraderie and support was astounding.  For us EWG was an anchor, a place to come to share experiences, support one another, and make life-long friendships.”
— Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin

Who Makes up EWG?

EWG Officers

Kim M. Berns


Ms. Berns is a federal executive that has devoted her career as a leader in Land Conservation.  Kim has over 30 years of experience spanning five federal agencies as well as the private sector.  Ms. Berns spent much of her career in the western states but currently serves as the Director of Easement Programs at the National Headquarters for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Mahasti Pourdastan


Jean Francis


Dr. Jean D. Francis is an expert in organizational behavior, organizational development, organizational design, leadership development, team building, motivation, human resources management, and career development. Dr. Francis currently serves as an adjunct professor with American Public University Systems/American Military University.

Barbara Mullen-Roth

Past President

Ms. Mullen-Roth is a career federal employee having served the  United  States  Government  for  over  30  years.   She  is  a member  of  the  Senior  Executive  Service  and  has  been  a member of  the  U.S.  Office of  Government  Ethics’ executive at executive leadership team since 2008. Ms. Mullen-Roth is currently the Deputy Director for Financial Disclosure at OGE.

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