Founding President and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights
Regan Ralph is the founding President and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights and has directed the organization since its founding. Prior to launching the Fund, Regan was Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she led advocacy, policy, and educational strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care for American women.
Recently, the Regan Ralph feminist leadership fund was established to honor Regan’s commitment to bold new thinking and amplifying women’s voices. The $1 million, five-year fund will provide vital resources to feminist leaders across the globe.
From 1992-2001, Regan helped build and ultimately directed the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, where she developed campaigns to ensure the prosecution of sexual violence in conflict as a war crime, to secure recognition of gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, and to promote women’s rights in countries including Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan, and Mexico.
Regan is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She serves on the boards of EG Justice and WITNESS; the advisory council of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center; the advisory committee of The Council for Global Equality; the global practitioner council at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship; and the steering committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group.