Regan E. Ralph is the founding executive director of the Fund for Global Human Rights, which supports frontline human rights activists in seventeen countries across the globe. Prior to launching the Fund, Ralph 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. From 1992-2001, Ralph 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.
Ralph 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, and the global practitioner council at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship.