Board Of Directors Profiles

Board Of Directors Profiles

Ann Burroughs

Board Chair

Education: She was educated in South Africa

Biography: A lifelong human rights advocate, Ms. Burroughs was imprisoned as a young student in her native South Africa as a result of her anti-apartheid activism. She has dedicated her career to investigating and exposing assaults on justice and human dignity around the world. Ms. Burroughs is a Partner at Social Sector Partners, an organization that focuses on supporting social sector organizations working for a more just and equitable world.



Reza Fakhari

Vice-Chair, Governance Committee Chair

Associate Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs & Professor of International Politics at The City University of New York/Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York as well Professor of Politics at Fordham University in New York City

Education: Ph.D., with Honors, in International Relations from the New School for Social Research in New York City. B.A. in Chemistry/Sociology from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota.

Biography: Reza has had a long-standing, passionate commitment to promoting human rights globally. This interest began in his years as a dissident in Iran where he was arrested under the Shah's regime for possessing testimonies of political prisoners and banned books. Since becoming a higher education practitioner in the U.S., he has intensified this devotion by conceiving and successfully implementing civic and global engagement programs at his colleges, lecturing and writing about the imperative of global citizenship, and serving on the board of national organizations devoted to human, civil, and democratic rights.

Reza established an AI chapter at LaGuardia Community College in New York City in 2000 which hosted the AIUSA Conference, "Teach Truth to Power," attended by educators in the tri-state area, with the author Kerry Kennedy Cuomo as the keynote speaker. As the Chairman of the Board of the Student World Assembly and working with the leadership team since 2004, he has been able to organize and energize members globally at the chapter/school level for various campaigns and causes, global and/or local in dimension. Relatedly, Reza actively serves on the National Steering committees of The Democracy Commitment and Dream.US-a national scholarship for undocumented college-bound youth (Dreamers).

Reza has been trained in a number of national executive leadership workshops and brings extensive experience in shared governance, grants development, fundraising, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, resources allocation, personnel management, diversity recruitment, technology integration, branding/marketing, and speaking on pressing international issues. He intends to effectively contribute to AIUSA's strategic goal of aggressive outreach to educational institutions, educators, and students to build an energized base of young members and empower and engage them. Reza received the Distinguished College Administrator Award from Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society in 2013. He was awarded the Bene Merenti Medal for excellence in teaching at Fordham University in 2008. He has also taught at Vassar College, International Pacific College in New Zealand, and has been a visiting faculty at Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Liberal Education, the flagship journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.



Aniket Shah

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

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Govind Acharya

General Secretary

Education: Graduate work in Economics at Cornell University and San Francisco State University; undergraduate work at University of California, San Diego.

Biography: Govind has been a volunteer with AIUSA for almost 20 years, serving in a variety of capacities ranging from Student Area Coordinator in San Diego to Country Specialist. He has worked as a staff person at the International Secretariat, serving as AI's representative in Afghanistan. He has served on numerous working groups aimed at strengthening AI's policies worldwide. His graduate work was on developing linkages between mainstream economic theory and human rights, especially the right to food.

In addition to his human rights activism, he is a commissioner on the City of Ithaca's Board of Public Works and chairs the City of Ithaca's Planning and Development Board. While on these local government bodies, he has pushed to ensure that development is sustainable and available for all in our community.

He has also served as the Vice-Chair of the Ithaca Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to ensuring health care for all in his community.

He has a prolific social media presence, tweeting to the world from @gringostani.


Terry Kay Rockefeller

Planning and Priority Committee Chair

Documentary film producer, peace and justice activist.

Education: M.A. in U.S. History, The Johns Hopkins University; A.B in Government, Radcliffe College, Harvard University.

Biography: Terry began her documentary filmmaking career at WGBH-TV where she helped create the long-running PBS science series, NOVA. Among her other credits are episodes of Eyes on the Prize, a history of the civil rights movement, and The Great Depression, both produced at Blackside, Inc., America's leading African-American production company.

Terry's sister, Laura Rockefeller, was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Since May of 2002, Terry has worked with September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows to oppose war in response to 9/11, to protest lack of due process in the military tribunals trying those accused of the terrorist attacks, and to close Guantanamo. From 2003 to 2009, Rockefeller was a member of the board of directors of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, which works to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. She currently serves on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, a coalition of national and local peace, nonviolence and social justice organizations. She also works with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, a collaboration between Iraqi and international NGOs to support human rights, democracy, and anti-corruption activists in Iraq. Terry has been a member of AIUSA for more than 30 years.


Becky Farrar

Membership Committee Chair


Education: J.D. from Stetson University College of Law (2009); B.A. from Queen's University (Canada) (1979)

Biography: Becky Farrar works as a contract attorney in Washington, D.C. and is actively involved with both Amnesty International USA and the American Bar Association (ABA).

As a member of DC's Adams Morgan/Capitol Hill Amnesty group, Becky helps organize events and rallies, including the annual Get on the Bus-DC. She has been a Legislative Coordinator (LC) with AIUSA since 2007, in Florida and DC. Becky is concluding a term as Co-Chair of the ABA's Section of International Law's International Human Rights Committee.

Becky grew up in Canada and graduated from Queen's University in 1979 with a degree in politics and drama. Prior to attending Stetson University College of Law, Becky worked in human resources, created and managed small businesses, and co-published and edited a magazine. During law school (2007-2009), she co-founded Stetson Law's first Amnesty chapter and served as President of the Public Service Fellows. Becky has been recognized with leadership awards from AIUSA and Mid-Atlantic Region, and from Stetson Law.

In her spare time, Becky enjoys writing. She is currently working on a mystery thriller involving microfinance.


Pratap Chatterjee

Member at Large

Executive director of CorpWatch, based in Berkeley, CA. Member of AIUSA Board since June 2011

Education: Pratap has degrees from Calcutta University in India, San Francisco State University in California, and the New School for Social Research in New York as well as a graduate diploma in international journalism from City University in London, UK.

Biography: Pratap is an investigative journalist specializing in environmental and human rights issues as well as on fraud, waste and abuse. He has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and Central Asia including a number of trips each to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq since 2001 when the U.S. War on Terror began. He has also worked extensively in Asia and throughout the Americas to investigate gold mining as well as other major reconstruction and development projects by institutions like the World Bank.

He is the author of two books on the US war on terror: Halliburton's Army (Nation Books, 2009) and Iraq, Inc. (Seven Stories Press, 2004), as well as co-author of The Earth Brokers (Routledge, 1994), a book on global environmental policy.

Pratap previously worked for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London and Inter Press Service in Washington DC. He serves on the board of the Corporate Europe Observatory in Brussels and spent a year as a visiting fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington DC.


Linda Veazey

Deputy Secretary

Currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Midwestern State University

Education: PhD from University of Southern California in Political Science

Biography: She has worked on several human rights projects including research on LGBT human rights and a book manuscript on women's cultural rights. Linda has done a wide range of volunteer work with asylum seekers in the United States. Since then, she has been an ICM delegate, chaired for the National Resolutions Committee, and served as a Saudi Arabia Country Specialist, among many other volunteer and committee positions with Amnesty International.


Matthew Kennis

Deputy Treasurer

Currently Senior Research Consultant, Tian Shan Policy Center/American University of Central Asia.

Education: MA in Human Rights and Political Transitions, Columbia University.

Biography: Matthew Kennis has worked on human rights accountability issues in Latin America and globally for more than ten years, including field work in Guatemala where he accompanied witnesses involved in the Rios Montt genocide case. The impetus and dedication for this work stems from meetings with underground Central American indigenous activists involved with truth and memorialization efforts in the mid 1990's.

Matthew has held staff positions with Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch and previously worked as an assistant editor with the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law. Since 2010, Matthew has worked with Central Asian human rights groups on fundraising efforts, rule of law development, and advocacy strategies. He currently chairs Amnesty International USA's Central America/Mexico Coordination Group. Matthew is a recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.


Jan Knippers Black

Currently Professor of International Policy Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies

Education: PhD from School of International Service at American University

Biography: Her areas of specialization have included international and grassroots development, international and comparative politics and US foreign policy, especially with respect to the Western Hemisphere, globalization, media, human rights, and women's rights and roles. For more than a decade she has anchored the Institute's human rights program and has offered workshops and onsite courses overseas, most recently in Chile in collaboration with Judge Juan Guzman.

She has also been a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford, a faculty member in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester-at-Sea Program, a Research Professor in public administration at the University of New Mexico, and a research team supervisor at American University. A founding generation Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, she has worked on AIUSA campaigns and committees since the 1970s.

Dr. Black has served on more than two dozen editorial or NGO governing or advisory boards and has traveled extensively, to some 175 countries, undertaking research, speaking engagements, workshops, consulting, and program evaluation. She is author, editor, or coauthor of more than two dozen books and 200 chapters or articles in anthologies, encyclopedias, journals, magazines or newspapers. Recent books include Inequity in the Global Village, Development in Theory and Practice, 2nd ed. rev, The Politics of Human Rights Protection (pbk. 2010) and Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise (5th ed. Rev. 2010).

Drawing upon earlier careers in music and art, she is now collaborating on composition for musical comedy.


Molly Goldberg

Molly Goldberg is a 5 year Amnesty Activist born and raised in Detroit, Michigan but currently living and studying in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She has held many different responsibilities and positions in the past 5 years; Molly has been the group leader of Colorado Mountain College and a Student Activist Coordinator since 2009. Since then, she has worked with student groups to become sustainable, empowered youth activists and build leadership opportunities. In 2013 Molly was awarded Student Activist Coordinator of the Year, helped develop the Student Group Starter Kit, and recruited new membership. Molly has served on the Western Regional Planning Committee for two consecutive years, been involved with hiring committees, consulted on our campaigns, designed and facilitated both online and in person workshops, she has mentored other youth activists and ultimately, Molly was recruited to join the National Youth Advisory Committee.

Though Amnesty plays a huge role in Molly's life and is her number one priority, she is not just an Amnesty activist. In the fall of 2013, a Colorado State Representative offered her the position of Campaign Manager for her 2014 re-election campaign. Molly designed a campaign strategy, raised and managed a fiscally responsible yet aggressive budget and recruited and organized over a hundred volunteers and interns which resulted in a last minute successful win.

Molly is passionate about all Amnesty issues, especially the campaigns that are relevant to her region including Abolishing the Death Penalty, Immigrant Rights, Gun Violence and Environmental Justice. She is currently finishing a Bachelors degree in Sustainability and hopes to continue her education with a Graduate degree in International Relations with an emphasis on Human Rights.


Angie Hougas

Angie remembers a petition action Amnesty International had during the first Gulf War. It was titled, "What About the People." It is that fundamental basis that keeps her involved in human rights work.

Angie has a broad understanding of Amnesty International that comes from being a long-time member, and serving in many volunteer leadership positions at all levels of the organization. One of those volunteer positions is uniting music and human rights. She does this by organizing an Amnesty presence at live performances and during concert tours.

Other volunteer experiences in her background are, currently she volunteers at my local humane society. In the past she has worked with the local Restorative Justice Program and the Community Adolescence Program (CAP).

Her career field is with a large law office in downtown Madison, WI.


Gerald Hudson

Gerry Hudson's outstanding commitment to labor, confronting the realities of long term care, and environmental justice spans decades. Recently honored by Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations for his extraordinary leadership, Hudson continues to have wide-ranging impact on the fight to improve the lives of working families and their communities.

His dedication to addressing urban sprawl and the disproportionate impacts of environmental degradation on low-income and minority communities informed his participation in the first-ever U.S. labor delegation to the United Nations' climate change meeting in Bali in 2007. He has served on the advisory board of the Apollo Alliance, a labor-based organization that advocates for high-quality job creation in a clean energy economy. He's also served on the board for Redefining Progress, the nation's leading public policy think tank dedicated to developing innovative public policies that balance economic well-being, environmental preservation, and social justice.

Hudson, who has served as Executive Vice President of SEIU since June 2004, leads the union's political program--ensuring that SEIU members and all workers have a strong voice to hold politicians accountable and elect candidates at all levels who stand with working families.

As a result of Hudson's previous leadership of the union's long term care work, SEIU's 580,000 long term care members are building a powerful voice in the workplace and the political arena for both themselves and for the seniors and people with disabilities they support.

He came to SEIU in 1978 from the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, N.Y., where he was a member of SEIU Local 144. Elected as executive vice president for the former-District 1199 in 1989, Hudson spent more than a dozen years supervising 1199 New York's political action, education, publications, and cultural affairs departments. During his tenure with 1199NY, Hudson coordinated the merger of the 30,000-member Local 144 into SEIU/1199. He also founded the 1199 School for Social Change - a former alternative school in the Bronx - and served as a trustee of the Local 1199 Training and Upgrading Fund, Home Care Workers Benefit Fund, and Michelson Education Fund.

Hudson also has considerable political experience. In 1996, Hudson served as political director of the New York state Democratic Party and helped lead the union's campaigns in support of Jesse Jackson's presidential efforts in New York and the successful New York City mayoral campaign of David Dinkins. He played an instrumental role in the election of H. Carl McCall, the first African American controller in New York state.

Hudson continues to help lead SEIU's efforts to win quality, affordable healthcare for all, immigration reform, and other major initiatives by strengthening the union's partnerships and alliances with community groups. He lives with his wife, Carol Joyner, and their two children, Camara and Amilcar, in Washington, DC.


Natalie Jesionka

Education: Currently in the MA/PhD program in Sociology at the New School, Natalie holds a MSc in Global Affairs and a B.A in Journalism from Rutgers University.

Natalie Jesionka is a lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers University, and serves as the Director of International Programs for Gateway Education, a global university program based in Norway. As an undergraduate, she founded the PRIZM Project, a human rights education organization for young women. Natalie also worked to shed light on untold human rights stories researching and reporting on issues such as refugee rights and human trafficking.

Natalie served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, researching stateless Hill Tribes and examining the origins of human trafficking. The work led to a partnership with Shine Global, an Oscar Award-winning nonprofit production company, on the upcoming documentary film Selling Our Daughters.

She writes the column "Travel Mirror" for The Daily Muse, and is the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, an online magazine that focuses on ethical travel. In 2014 she was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to further her research in counter-trafficking efforts around the world.

For over twelve years, Natalie has been a member of Amnesty International and has served as a Student Area Coordinator, and an Area Coordinator within the organization.


Janet Lord

Currently senior vice president for human rights and inclusive development at the Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University

Education: LLM, George Washington University Law School; LLB & LLM, University of Edinburgh (Scotland); BA, Kenyon College.

Biography: Janet Lord is currently serving as senior research associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and holds part-time teaching appointments at the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law; American University, Washington College of Law; and National University of Ireland (Galway). Earlier in her career, she worked on the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, focusing on landmine survivor rights in mine-affected countries and serving as legal counsel to NGOs and lead governments in the negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As part of her human rights law practice, she has worked with grassroots disabled peoples organizations in more than 30 countries around the world to advance disability rights.

Research and field work interests include international disability law and policy, disability inclusive development, participatory human rights education, health and human rights and NGO participation and voice accountability in international law and process.

Recent publications include: Nothing to Celebrate: North Koreans with Disabilities and UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Foreign Policy in Focus (2013); Facilitating An Equal Right to Vote for Persons with Disabilities, Journal of Human Rights Practice (2014) (with Michael A. Stein & Jan Fiala); The Democratic Life of the Union: Toward Equal Voting Participation for Europeans with Disabilities, Harvard Journal of International Law (2013) (with Michael A. Stein & Jan Fiala); and Shared Understanding or Consensus-Masked Disagreement? The Anti-Torture Framework in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 33 Loyola Journal of International and Comparative Law (2011).

She resides in Baltimore, Maryland with her partner and two children.


Thomas A. Pereira

Currently Unavailable


Lise Anne (Annie) Roberts

Biography: Annie has been an active member of Amnesty International since 1985. She has served in many volunteer positions including Area Coordinator, Special Initiatives Fund Representative, Group Coordinator, International Council Meeting Alternate Delegate, Nominating Committee Member for Board of Directors, North East Regional Planning Committee member and Strategic Planning & Priorities sub-committee member. She is dedicated to the organization and keeping a human rights presence in her local community.

Other previous non-profit Experience includes Domestic Violence Crisis Center Hotline volunteer for Stamford and Norwalk , State of Connecticut accredited; Committee to Abolish the Death Penalty, Westport, CT and Darien Arts Center, Board of Directors.

Annie is founder and principal of Pinebrook Architects, LLC and Pinebrook Construction, LLC. She is a licensed architect in Connecticut and New York, specializing in residential structures, historic homes and sustainable architecture. Annie holds her architecture degree from Cornell University, with additional studies at Harvard University and Centro Di Studi Di Andrea.

She consults for Ziga Media, a publishing company featuring architectural books. She is author of a poetic cookbook called Cornucopia, The Lore of Fruits and Vegetables, (Knickerbocker Press). She co-authored Washington Landmarks, A Collection of Architecture and Historical Details and New York Landmarks, A Collection of Architecture and Historical Details, (DoveTail Books).


David Stamps

Biography: David Stamps is works in the fields of nonprofit consulting and industrial sales. He has served Amnesty in several capacities: International Board Member and Treasurer, Amnesty USA Board Vice-Chair and Treasurer and Chair of AI's International Financial Control Committee. He also serves on the boards of The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural rights and the Illusion Theater, Minneapolis.

His non-profit consulting is in the areas of fundraising and board development. A member of Amnesty since 1981, Dave has been a Local Group Coordinator, State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator and Area Coordinator.

He is a graduate of Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, children and grandchildren.