About Gayle Tzemach Lemmon


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her first book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, tells the story of a young woman whose business created jobs and hope for 100 women in her neighborhood during the Taliban years and will be published by HarperCollins next March. In 2004 Gayle left a career covering presidential politics at ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her reporting on entrepreneurs in these countries has been published by the New York Times Global Edition, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, and the Daily Beast as well as The World Bank and Harvard Business School. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany. She speaks German, Spanish, French and intermediate Dari and lives in Los Angeles, California, where she spent the last several years at the investment management firm PIMCO while writing The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. She is a member of the International Center for Research on Women’s New Leader’s Circle and the Vital Voices’ Los Angeles Leadership Council.

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