Stephen Rickard

Stephen Rickard
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Stephen Rickard directs Open Society’s Washington advocates working on both U.S. domestic and international issues. He has had a distinguished Washington career on Capitol Hill, in the State Department, and with human rights organizations.

Before joining Open Society, he created and ran the Freedom Investment Project, working to encourage U.S. support for international justice. He served as director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and as Washington director for Amnesty International USA. He also served as senior advisor for South Asian affairs in the Department of State and worked for Pat Moynihan and the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate. In 2011 he served as a Franklin Fellow in the State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

In the 1980s, Rickard worked as a litigator with White & Case in New York, Washington, and Stockholm. He received his JD from Yale Law School, an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a BA from Adrian College.