Meet Our Board

We are a team of passionate and skilled human rights advocates.

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Catherine Hyde Townsend

Board President

Currently an independent consultant, Catherine Hyde Townsend serves as a disability inclusion advisor to the Ford Foundation, UN agencies, NGOs and other philanthropic organizations. Catherine’s wo...

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Jolly Acen

Vice President

Jolly Acen is a Programme Specialist and Head of Sub Office with UN Women Uganda, before joining UN Women, Jolly served as Executive Secretary of National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda...

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Carissa Janis

Treasurer

Carissa Janis has spent her 30-year career working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Grants Program Manager and Policy Advisor. Carissa is a national leader in the...

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Jaime Todd-Gher

Secretary

Jaime Todd-Gher is a human rights lawyer specializing in issues of gender, sexuality and health. Jaime is working as an Independent Consultant and a Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Fellow with t...

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Sofia Galván Puente

Board Member

Sofía Galván Puente serves as the Human Rights Specialist of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Since 2019, Sofia is the coordinator of the section that monitors a wide portfoli...

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Niluka Gunawardena

Board Member

Niluka Gunawardena is an educator and researcher based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Niluka’s understanding of disability is informed by her experience of multiple marginalities and intersectionality. Nil...

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Pratima Gurung

Board Member

Bio coming soon.

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Tariro Tandi

Board Member

Tariro Tandi is a human rights lawyer by profession currently working with Urgent Action Fund Africa as the Head of Partnerships & Development. She is a member of the Women Enabled International Bo...

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Stephanie Ortoleva

Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Founder’s Herstory Stephanie Ortoleva is an accomplished human rights lawyer and prominent feminist leader, scholar and activist, and herself a woman with a disability, who established Women ...

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