Board & Advisors


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


JAMEEN KAUR


Jameen is an experienced strategy and project manager with over ten years of experience with organizations such as Oxfam International and Amnesty International (AI). She is currently the Deputy Director of Campaigns, South Asia for AI International Secretariat. Jameen has worked on social and economic rights initiatives including strategy management of the Demand Dignity campaign – AI's most ambitious campaign to date which focuses on economic, social and cultural rights. At Oxfam, Jameen's work centered on implementation of women's rights by addressing the discrimination faced by women in accessing their right to land, right to food and their right to participate in decision making processes. Jameen holds a L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway Ireland.

PRAGYA NAIR


Pragya Nair is the Director of Indirect Procurement at KIND with nearly 20 years of experience in corporate strategy and procurement. She formerly worked as the Senior Procurement Manager at Colgate-Palmolive Company, where she was responsible for developing strategies to best manage company spend and vendor relationships for Colgate's North America Sales and Marketing service categories. Outside of core procurement responsibilities, Pragya has been on the board the of Asian Action Network, leading their External Partnerships division. This network interacts with global organizations such as Asia Society, Asian American Business Development Center and other leading business and cultural organizations to foster an environment at Colgate that recognizes cultural diversity through programs that share the richness of Asian cultures. Pragya has over 17 years of experience in the procurement industry, and in her career has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies such as Avon Products, General Motors, Pitney Bowes and Diageo. Pragya received her B.A. in Marketing in Supply Chain Management, B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University.

ALISON SILVEIRA


Alison Silveira is a litigation attorney at Littler LLP, representing employers and employees in state, federal and appellate courts and before administrative agencies in connection with claims of disability, age, gender, sexual orientation and national origin discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment. Prior to Littler, Alison worked at Bingham McCutchen LLP with a focus on labor and employment matters. Alison is also actively engaged in pro bono work, including representing the Disability Law Center in federal district court against the Massachusetts Department of Correction concerning the treatment of seriously mentally ill prisoners in segregation. Her international experience includes spending five months interning for the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands and serving as an HIV/AIDS volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa.

TARYN ECKSTEIN


Taryn Eckstein is a healthcare attorney at Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP, representing providers in state and administrative hearings in connection with denials of Medicaid applications by the Department of Social Services. Taryn has over 7 years of experience in the public sector. Prior to Schwartz Sladkus, Taryn worked for the New York City Department of Social Services representing the City of New York in administrative and civil actions for Medicaid eligibility and family law. While working for the City of New York, Taryn served as a Restoration Manager overseeing relief efforts and helping coordinate staff from local, federal and community-based organizations providing assistance to communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Prior to working for the City of New York, Taryn worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, focusing on health policy. Taryn has served as a Program Advisor for Nazdeek. Taryn received her J.D. from Northeastern University and B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

*Sukti Dhital and Francesca Feruglio are also board members.


Advisors


IAIN BYRNE


Iain Byrne is an Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Policy Coordinator for Amnesty International. Previously, he worked for over ten years at INTERIGHTS, leading the organization's work on economic, social and cultural rights. He has been involved in litigation in domestic fora across the Commonwealth and beyond before the European Committee of Social Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee. Iain has taught on both the L.L.M. and M.A. Human Rights courses at the University of Essex and has lectured in the UK, Brazil and Costa Rica. He conducted training courses for organizations including the UN, Amnesty International and the British Council in Europe, Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific.

VINODH JAICHAND


Vinodh Jaichand is Professor of Human Rights and Director of the International Human Rights Exchange at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Previously, as Deputy Director at the Irish Centre for Human Rights he was the architect of the prestigious L.L.M. in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which was launched in September 2009. Vinodh has participated in training of police, lawyers, prosecutors and judges in China, South Africa, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Ireland, Ethiopia, Nepal and India. In addition to being published in English, Vinodh is published in Chinese, German, Portuguese and Spanish in numerous journals around the world. He also published three books, two major reports and has presented papers in twenty-five countries.

LUCY WILLIAMS


Lucy Williams is a nationally recognized authority on welfare law and low wage labour. She has a long and impressive record as both an academic and a litigator in the areas of unemployment insurance, Social Security and related welfare programs. In recent years, she has expanded her work to address issues of global poverty and the justiciability of social and economic rights. She currently convenes the International Social and Economic Rights Project (iSERP), a group of international academics, judges and activists working to develop critical and transformative thinking about SER and SER-based legal strategies. Lucy is also a co-director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.

FRED ROONEY


Fred Rooney is a recognized expert in developing innovative approaches to increase access to justice for underserved populations, with more than 20 years of legal experience working with and on behalf of poor and marginalized communities. Fred is the Founding Director of Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) and Director of Externals Relations at City University of New York School of Law. He has designed and implemented CLRN's Incubator for Justice and serves as the Institutional Coordinator of Continuing Legal Education (CLE), which provides low cost CLE programs to network attorneys. Fred also oversees the Contemplative Lawyering Program and has extensive international experience, including his role as International Liaison and 1st Scholar in Residence to Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India.