The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is the CEO and owner of Pace Communications, and current Chairman of the American Red Cross. From 2001 to 2003 Ms. McElveen-Hunter served as the U.S. Ambassador to Finland. During her term as ambassador, she led several initiatives, including The Helsinki Women Business Leaders Summit (2002); Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery (2003); and Children of Karelia. For her efforts and services, the President of Finland awarded Ms. McElveen-Hunter the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion--one of that country's highest honors. In addition to her chair appointment with the American Red Cross, she has also served as a member of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, is the founder of the $1 Billion dollar Women’s Leadership Initiative and served on the United Way of America Board as a member of its National Leadership Council. Recognized as a successful entrepreneur and owner of one of the largest private custom publishing companies in the nation, Ms. McElveen-Hunter is the recipient of numerous business awards including, the “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislatures; the National Athena Award for business and civic contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the “Outstanding Business Leader” Award from Northwood University. She was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 2004 and is the 2004 recipient of the National Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award and the 2006 recipient of Appeal of Conscience Award Public Service Award.
Ms. McElveen-Hunter currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. She is married to Bynum Hunter, an attorney with Smith Moore and her son, Bynum Hunter, Jr. is with a private equity firm in New York.