Friedrich leads the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, a major public/private effort to enhance the economic, social and political status of Afghan women.
She was awarded the Sammies National Security and International Affairs Medal for her efforts.
In an interview with FederalNewsRadio, Friedrich was asked what motivates her to do the work that got her the recognition of a SAMMIE.
When you have the opportunity to travel a lot, and see the changes that can happen on the ground with just a little bit of input, a little bit of money, and see how it affects someone’s personal life. There are a lot of projects we’ve done involving micro-loans, educational initiatives, and we’re doing a lot with the American University in Afghanistan setting up college scholarships for women.
Friedrich adds it’s a “unique experience” as a federal employee, to be able to affect policy, either domestic or foreign, “from the inside.”