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Powerful Washington Women

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Barbara and Nicole Boxer
Barbara and Nicole Boxer.
Photographed on the patio of Cafe Milano, Barbarais wearing a skirtsuit by California designer St. John's, earrings and necklace byDavid Yurman from Saks Fifth Avenue. Nicole wears a suit and pumps by Chanel. Heartpendant, earrings, and watch by Cartier.



Senator Barbara Boxer has served the State of California for over twodecades. First for ten years in the House of Representatives, and thenfollowing her 1993 election, as a United States Senator. SenatorBoxer is a vigorous advocate for the environment, families, education,health, consumer and women's issues. Boxer disclosed the $7,600Pentagon coffee pot and successfully passed over a dozen procurement reforms, savingtaxpayers billions of dollars. Senator Boxer is a member of the Commerce, Science, andTransportation Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the ForeignRelations Committee, where she chairs the Subcommittee on International Operations andTerrorism. Senator Boxer has two children with Stuart Boxer whomshe has been married to for over 30 years, and she divides her timebetween her Bay area residence and a Capitol Hill home thatshe shares with her daughter, Nicole, and grandson Zack.


Nicole Boxer considers her mother to be her best friend and her bestteacher. An NYU film school graduate, Nicole is currently theAssociate Producer of a yet-untitled television documentary series, fromTed Turner Pictures, focusing on threats posed by weapons of massdestruction, including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons."By combining what I've learned about politics through my family andmy experience in documentary film-making, I hope to educate thepublic about an issue that is suddenly at the forefront of ournation's consciousness." Nicole has used film to express her politicalactivism for many years. Initially working in Hollywood, on featurefilms such as Basic Instinct and Rudy, Nicole returned to Washingtonto create documentaries with a political purpose. In 1996, whileserving as the Director of Youth Outreach for the Clinton campaign,she produced the short documentary "The Future is Now," geared towardsyouth voters, because "If you want to create social change, film is anexcellent medium to do so."

Ivonne A-Baki
Ivonne A-Baki.
Photographed at the Ecuadorian Residence, wearing a ballgown by Yoly Munoz from Saks Jandel. Diamond and pearl jewelry by Cartier.
She speaks six languages, holds degrees from La Sorbonne
and Harvard University,and has facilitated numerous peace
negotiations. This is only the beginning ofAmbassador
Ivonne A-Baki's professional accomplishments.
After graduating from theJohn F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University, she went on to
become aDirector of their Conflict Management Group,
while serving as consul-general of Ecuadorin Boston.
She was also an Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University
from 1991-1998until moving to Washington to accept her
appointment as the Ambassador of Ecuador, thefirst
woman to ever hold this position. The Ecuadorian
residency is filled with paintingsby the Ambassador,
whose work is also displayed in galleries and museums
throughoutEurope, North and South America, and the
Middle East. She and her husband, Dr. SammiA-Baki,
a prominent political figure in Lebanon, have three adult children.

Debra Lee
Debra Lee.
Photographed at the executive offices of BET, wearing a cashmereblazer and turtleneck, antique gold leather skirt by Rena Lange,from Saks Jandel. Earrings by David Yurman, from Neiman Marcus.
Debra Lee may be the master of multitasking. In 1980,
she earned her doctorate at HarvardUniversity Law School,
while concurrently earning a masters degree in public policy.
Whenfacing the birth of her first of two children, she was
overseeing the construction of BET'scorporate headquarters
in northeast Washington DC, while simultaneously running
BET'spublishing division and acting as BET General Counsel.
Today, Debra is the Presidentand Chief Operating
Officer of BET, the leading African American-operated
media andentertainment company, which reaches 66
million homes nationwide. She is also a member ofthe
national board of directors for numerous charitable
organizations includingGirls, Inc., National Symphony
Orchestra Board, and the Executive Campaign
Cabinet for theAmerican Red Cross. She resides
in Washington with her husband, attorney Randall
Coleman,and two children.

Margaret Spellings and Mindy Tucker
Margaret Spellings and Mindy Tucker.
Margaret Spellings and Mindy Tucker werephotographed in the Children's section of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, inspired bytheir longtime involvement in education and reading initiatives. Margaret wears an Akrisskirtsuit, suede pumps by Manolo Blahnik, earrings by David Yurman from Neiman Marcus.American Crystal Flag pin designed by Ann Hand. Mindy wears a Louis Feraud pantsuit andankle boots by Stuart Weitzman from Neiman Marcus. American Flag pin from Liljenquist &Beckstead Jewelers.

Margaret Spellings currently serves as the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy,earning her a coveted office in the West Wing. She is responsible for the development andimplementation of White House policy on education, labor, transportation, justice, housing,and health including stem cell research and other elements of President Bush's domesticagenda. Prior to her White House appointment, Margaret worked for six years as GovernorGeorge W. Bush's Senior Advisor with responsibility for the Governor's education policy;including the Texas Reading Initiative and the Student Success Initiative to eliminate socialpromotion. This past summer, Margaret wed Austin attorney Robert Spellings, who alongwith her two teenage daughters, live in Alexandria, VA.


Mindy Tucker is the first woman to ever hold the position of Director of PublicAffairs for the Justice Department, which at 31 years of age, makes her a risingstar of the Bush administration. Prior to her current position, she served as aPress Secretary for the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign focusing oneducation. Ironically, she took the Justice position, rather than a White Housepost, "thinking it would be an opportunity to step back and have a normal lifefor a while." However, current events like the McVeigh execution and theSept. 11 attacks have made her life anything but normal, leaving herlittle time for her favorite pastimes of cheering on her favorite Texas collegefootball teams, seeing live music, and her newest hobby, gardening.


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