Celebrating our First Anniversary and Welcoming Our Newest Board Member

One year ago, HRDAG cast out on its own as an independent nonprofit—and this first year has been busy, productive, and exciting. We’re indebted to our Advisory Board for their valuable contributions and to our funders for their generosity and participation in our mission. Highlights of the past year include contributing testimony to three court cases, publishing two reports on conflict-casualties in Syria, presenting over a dozen talks (many of which are available on our talks page), traveling to over half a dozen countries to testify, collaborate with partners, and participate in conferences/workshops, hiring a new technical lead, and bringing in several of our far-flung colleagues for a work retreat.

As we turn the corner on our anniversary, we’re delighted to announce that Kim Keller, executive director of the Keller Foundation, joins our Advisory Board today. Kim’s background in social science and public health, her vision of the international human rights community, and her passion for health justice, will be a great influence and guide.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of HRDAG, a small and growing organization that demonstrates rigor and tenacity in its pursuit of truth,” says Kim.

At the same time, we’re saddened to say good-bye to board member Audrey Chapman, who has been a mentor to Patrick and champion of HRDAG’s work for 20 years. Audrey says, “Shepherding HRDAG through its inaugural year was exciting, and I look forward to seeing more of their work in the future.”

Patrick Ball, executive director of HRDAG, is looking forward to Kim’s counsel. “Kim brings a tremendous breadth of experience in many human rights groups to our Board. We are very much looking forward to drawing on her expertise in non-profit governance and hearing her ideas about how we can better serve the international human rights community.”

Welcome, Kim!

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