Ann Veneman
Ann Veneman M.A. ’71 talked with graduate students in the Goldman School’s living room before her March 3 lecture in the Lipman Room of Barrows Hall. She was introduced on both occasions by the school’s dean, Henry Brady (seated center left). (Photos: Peg Skorpinski)

Among the many well-known figures, experts, and leaders who visit this campus in any given month, a significant proportion were here before, as students. One such, in March, was Ann Veneman, the executive director of UNICEF, who gave the Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Lecture in Health Policy. Veneman previously served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Appointed by President George W. Bush, she is the first — and so far the only — woman to hold that position. At UNICEF, she oversees 10,000 staff in 150 countries, where the agency’s programs support children’s health and nutrition, education, protection from violence, exploitation, and AIDS, and provide access to clean water and sanitation. Veneman is very much a product of the UC system. Her B.A. in political science is from UC Davis, her public policy master’s is from Berkeley, and her J.D. is from UC Hastings. In 2009, she was named to Forbes magazine’s list of “100 Most Powerful Women.”