Jane Olson

Chair of the Board,
Human Rights Watch

Jane Olson is currently Chair of the board of trustees of Human Rights Watch, the largest US-based international human rights organization. She co-founded and served as co-chair of the California Committee of Human Rights Watch from its inception in 1989 until 2000. Jane also chairs the board of directors for Landmine Survivors Network. For seven years, Jane participated in many investigative trips as Vice President of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children at the International Rescue Committee in New York. She co-founded and chaired the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race and promoted the Nuclear Freeze Campaign in California, and also served as chairman of the board of trustees of Polytechnic School and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. In 2001, the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles presented to Ms. Olson its Silver Achievement Award for her work on racial justice. She and her husband, Ron, received the 2000 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice in Los Angeles. Ms. Olson also received the Community Achievement Award from Public Counsel, and was given the Corita Kent Peace Award by Immaculate Heart College Center. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from California Lutheran University.