Anita McBride was appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2009 and reappointed in 2014. McBride served as Chair from 2010 to 2011, and as Vice Chair in 2017 and 2019.
Anita McBride’s White House service spans two decades and four presidential administrations in both the Department of State and the White House, including as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to First Lady from 2005 to 2009. During that time, she guided the First Lady’s efforts in human rights, women’s empowerment, global health and education. She also directed the First Lady’s historic visits to Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the Thai-Burma border.
McBride is currently an Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She is a member of the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network, and she serves on the boards of the White House Historical Association and the National Italian American Foundation. McBride is also an active member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, a public-private partnership among the U.S. and Afghan governments, Georgetown University, and private-sector institutions. In 2008, McBride was honored by the Afghan government for her commitment to Afghan issues.
McBride is also the recipient of the National Guard and Reserve’s Patriot Award and the University of Connecticut’s President’s Award of Distinction. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Connecticut and studied international relations and foreign languages at American University in Washington and the University of Florence in Italy.