Tracey Gurd is the division director of strategy at the Open Society Foundations. Based in New York, her role is to develop new and experimental tools to strengthen open societies. She manages three teams: the New Enterprise team, aiming to help Open Society staff design and create spin offs and start up organizations; and the Arts Exchange and Youth Exchange teams, designed to help Open Society staff seek out places of power in which the voices of young people and artists are missing in open and closed societies, and work to ensure their participation. She also manages a portfolio of six organizations spinning off from the Open Society Foundations and is working to develop Open Society’s analysis of the grantee networks it creates and funds.
Gurd joined the Strategy Unit after almost 10 years with the Open Society Justice Initiative—a public interest litigation, human rights, and rule of law organization—where she directed the initiative’s advocacy, and monitored and advocated for fair war crimes trials in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and at the International Criminal Court. She also codirected Open Society’s women’s program while it was redesigned over the course of six months in 2014.
Gurd previously worked as an international policy analyst with the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and with the Australian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. She has also worked as an academic research fellow at the Melbourne University law school, where she focused on comparative constitutional law, and as a journalist for a regional Australian newspaper.
Gurd holds a combined arts/law degree and an LLM in public and international law. She is the coeditor of an edited international humanitarian law collection, Listening to the Silences: Women and War.