Hogan Lovells’ Christine Warnke Named Washington, D.C. Chair of The White House Project To Advance Women’s Leadership

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1 February 2012 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Dr. Christine M. Warnke, a Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor, has been named the Washington, D.C. Chair for the White House Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to igniting the leadership of women in business and politics. As Chair of the Washington Women’s Initiative, Warnke will work closely with the White House Project to advance the leadership of the next generation of women leaders in the district.

“We are proud that Christine is continuing Hogan Lovells’ long-standing commitment to the retention and advancement of women in business and is making a difference in the community through her leadership in this meaningful initiative,” said Claudette Christian, Co-Chair of the Global Board of Hogan Lovells. “Christine is a champion for women’s rights and she epitomizes both the inspirational and practical goals that will be fundamental to the success of The White House Project. We look forward to Christine’s many contributions in her new role on behalf of this initiative.”

Warnke served as Chair of the DC Commission for Women from 1996 to 1998 and was reappointed by Mayor Anthony Williams in 2002 to head this entity created to serve the needs of women throughout our nation's capital. She has been recognized by numerous national women's organizations, and in 2002 received the Woman of the Year Award from the Daughters of Penelope. She has served as an active member of the board of the D.C. Humanities Council since her appointment to the position in 2008 by Mayor Adrien Fenty.

In 1999 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award, along with Hillary Clinton, by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation. That same year she was appointed by President Clinton to his advisory committee of the arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She currently serves as a Board Member of the Smithsonian Museum of National African Arts’ Advisory Board and the University of the District of Columbia Foundation Board. In 2005 Warnke received the University of Maryland’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Health & Human Performance. She was recognized by Philippines-based Gusi Peace Prize International as a Laureate, Economics and Humanitarianism, in 2009.

As a Senior Governmental Affairs Advisor at Hogan Lovells, Warnke represents clients on legislative and regulatory matters before U.S. Congress, the White House, and various departments and independent agencies of the executive branch in the United States. She also represents national and multinational corporations, trade associations, and coalitions.

As a global law firm, Hogan Lovells is passionate about expanding horizons for women in the firm, their clients, and the business community as a whole. This past October, the Hogan Lovells Global Client Forum held its inaugural Women’s Executive Summit, connecting senior women executives from diverse industry sectors and geographic regions to explore topics critical for success in today’s global economy. The two-day event brought together top women leaders in the fields of business, politics, and philanthropy and included a keynote address by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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