Kim Kahnhauser Freeman, Senior Advisor
Kim Kahnhauser FreemanKim Kahnhauser Freeman is a senior advisor at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and is based in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. During her 15+ years with the organization she has led numerous initiates to highlight women leaders and to expand the WFPG’s impact. As the WFPG's executive director from 2017 to 2021, she led frequent global issues discussions, expanded the WFPG’s mentoring program, and launched its Young Professional Network and virtual professional development series. Prior to joining the WFPG team in 2006, Kim completed a Fulbright teaching fellowship in Tirol, Austria and researched public housing for the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service at Georgetown University. She was a 2011 State Department Young Turkey/Young America Fellow and has also studied at the University of Vienna, the Warsaw School of Economics, and the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in International Politics from Georgetown University and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy. Kim frequently moderates global issues and career-focused programs and has also served on the advisory boards of MasT Analytics and the social enterprise Casement Unlimited. She currently serves as treasurer of the Kazakhstan American Recreational Association of Astana at the US Embassy in Nur-Sultan and a member of the Washington Institute of International Affairs, DACOR, and WIIS. Contact: kahnhauser[at]wfpg.org | @KimKFreeman


Jill Bendlak, Program Associate
Jill BendlakJillian (Jill) Bendlak is the new Program Associate at Women’s Foreign Policy Group, where she is excited to promote women leadership in global affairs and to help create meaningful networks and mentorships. Previously, Jill served as a Marshal’s Aide at the Supreme Court of the United States, where she supported the Justices through effective management of oral arguments. She offered administrative support to various Court departments by reviewing citations of petitions of writ of certiorari and editing transcripts of oral arguments for accuracy. She has an extensive history in Model United Nations and worked at Best Delegate as the BDMUNC Program Manager. In this role, she created monthly conference programming for hundreds of students grades 5-12 and trained staffers to lead engaging committees and effectively mentor MUN skills to students. Jill graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in January 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science. She is interested in foreign service, conflict resolution, and US—Europe relations. In her free time, Jill enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels and baking a new creation in her kitchen. Jill currently lives in Washington, DC, where she loves to go to museums and explore what the city has to offer. Contact: jbendlak[at]wfpg.org