Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women’s Political Leadership 2004

Carol Moseley Braun smiling outside wearing black suit jacket and white necklace

Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
Senator Wynona Lipman Chairholder, 2004
Former US Senator and US Ambassador to New Zealand

Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, was a candidate for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination. A native of Chicago, she has served her country as a United States Senator from Illinois (1993-99) and U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand (1999-2001), as well as Cook County recorder of deeds, state representative, and assistant United States attorney.

The hallmark of her public service has been dedication to the harmony of the community. An advocate of diversity, she has consistently worked to build an inclusive society. Her extensive and constructive legislative record reflects this commitment to social justice and good government. Since her return in 2001 from her ambassadorial posting, she has taught law and political science at Morris Brown College and DePaul University while maintaining a business law practice and business consultancy in Chicago.