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Martha Minow Elected Chair of MacArthur’s Board of Directors

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Legal and human rights scholar Martha Minow has been elected chair of MacArthur’s board of directors and will assume her new role in June 2022.


Martha Minow, a legal and human rights scholar, was elected chair of MacArthur’s board of directors. Minow has served on the board since 2012 and will assume his new role in June 2022.

An accomplished scholar, Minow advocated for the law to be centered on human rights and equity. His influential scholarship as well as his work in US courts and international commissions helped create a more just and peaceful world.

Minow advocated for the law to be centered on human rights and equity.

“I am delighted that Martha is the next chair of the MacArthur board of directors,” said current chairman of the board, Daniel Huttenlocher. “His values ​​and leadership experience are a tremendous asset to the Foundation and its mission.

Minow is 300 years oldand Anniversary Professor at Harvard University, where she is also Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. From 2009 to 2017, she served as Dean of Harvard Law School. His courses include civil procedure, constitutional law, equity and privacy, international criminal justice, and nonprofit organizations. She clerked with Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court, after clerking with Justice David Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Minow helped launch Imagine Coexistence, a program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, aimed at promoting peaceful development in post-conflict societies. She served on the Commission of the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Countering Violent Extremism and the Independent International Commission of Kosovo.

Additionally, in partnership with the Federal Department of Education and the Center for Special Applied Technology, Minow has worked to increase program access for students with disabilities. This advocacy has resulted in both legislative initiatives and a voluntary national standard expanding access to school materials for people with disabilities.

“I am grateful to be part of MacArthur, an organization that works to advance social justice, environmental sustainability and peace.”

“I am grateful to be part of MacArthur, an organization that works to advance social justice, environmental sustainability and peace.” Minou said. “By supporting creative people, meaningful institutions, and collaborative networks, MacArthur helps create a more equitable world where communities can grow and thrive. I look forward to contributing as chair.

Minow has written such influential books as Saving the News: Why the Constitution Asks the Government to Act to Preserve Free Speech (2021), When should the law forgive? (2019), In Brown’s Wake: Legacy of America’s Constitutional Landmark (2010), Partners, not rivals: privatization and the public good (2002), and Between Revenge and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (1998).

She also directs or founds several publications that create more opportunities for the scholarship of others. She co-founded and is co-editor of American Journal of Law and Equalitydeputy editor of Harvard Data Science Reviewand co-editor of Law, Violence and Meaning Series, Univ. from Michigan Press.

Minow is a director of several organizations, including vice president and director of the Advantage Testing Foundation; co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Access to Justice Project; Co-Chair of the External Advisory Board of MIT Schwarzman College of Computing; Executive Committee of the Committee on Science, Technology and Law of the National Academy of Sciences; Chair of the Profiles in Courage Award Selection Committee, JFK Library. She is a director of the Campaign Legal Center, Carnegie Corporation, Russell Sage Foundation, Susan Crown Exchange Foundation and WGBH.

His other memberships and advisory roles include the American Law Institute; Center for Anti-Racism Research, Boston University; Facing History and Ourselves, Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery; MIT Center for Constructive Communication; and the MIT Media Lab.

Minow grew up in the Chicago area, graduated from New Trier High School, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. Minow earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard and a law degree from Yale.

“She helped shape the current situation of the Foundation. »

“I am delighted that Martha has accepted the role of Chair of the MacArthur Board of Directors,” said MacArthur Chairman John Palfrey. “She helped shape the current situation of the Foundation. I have no doubt that as President, Martha will keep us focused on building a more equitable global community that upholds the rights and well-being of the most vulnerable.

Minow will replace Huttenlocher, who served as chairman since 2017 and joined the board in 2010. Past chairs of MacArthur’s board include Marjorie Scardino (2012-2017), Robert Denham (2007-2012), Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (2002-2007), John E. Corbally (1995-2002), Elizabeth J. McCormack (1990-1995), William T. Kirby (1989), Thornton F. Bradshaw (1986-1988) and Paul D. Doolen (1979-1984).

MacArthur’s Board of Trustees sets policy and strategic direction for the Foundation; approves grantmaking areas, initiatives, and grants; and oversees the investments and audit process through the work of its committees.


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