Maria Lina Marcucci
Chairman Sestant S.p.A. & Sestant Internazionale S.p.A
Nicholas Matulovich
Specialist in Commercial Real Estate

Elisa Massimino

Washington, DC, USA

Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights

Georgetown University Law Center

Elisa Massimino

Biography

After 27 years with Human Rights First—the last decade as President & CEO—Elisa recently stepped down to join Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She served as Practitioner-in-Residence at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and is the 2019-2020 Robert F. Drinan Chair of Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center.

Elisa has a distinguished record of human rights advocacy. She has testified before Congress dozens of times, writes frequently for mainstream publications and specialized journals, appears regularly in major media outlets & speaks to audiences around the country. The daughter of a nuclear submarine commander, Elisa was instrumental in building a coalition of retired generals and admirals to speak publicly against policies authorizing the torture of prisoners. Since 2008, the influential Washington newspaper The Hill has consistently named her one of the most effective public advocates in the United States.

Prior to her work with Human Rights First, Elisa practised law with Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Before joining the legal profession, she was a lecturer in Philosophy. Elisa holds a law degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity University where she was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumna. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

Elisa serves as a Board Member of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, the McCain Institute for International Leadership and the Migration Policy Institute. She also serves on the Advisory Councils of Refugees International and National Security Action.

Elisa Massimino’s Background

Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights
Jul 2018 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
The Drinan Chair was established in 2006 in honor of Professor Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Drinan was a professor at Georgetown Law from 1981 until his death in 2007, as well as a priest, scholar, lawyer, politician, activist, ethicist, and one of the nation’s leading advocates for human rights. He dedicated his life to humanitarian causes and to improving the legal profession.
Senior Fellow
Jul 2018 - Present
Cambridge, MA, USA
Since its founding in 1999, the Carr Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure, and the ethics and politics of military intervention.
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Other Business Interests

Board Member
Jan 2019 - Jun 2019
Washington, DC, USA
Foreign Policy for America is a nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, DC., that is building a diverse and active network of Americans who are committed to defending diplomacy and standing up for principled American engagement in the world.
Advisory Council
2019 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
National Security Action brings together and mobilizes an unparalleled network of former senior officials, policy experts, academics, and civil society leaders dedicated to a progressive vision of American global leadership.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Member of the Board of Trustees
May 2016 - May 2019
Asheville, NC, USA
Warren Wilson College is a liberal arts college grounded in social responsibility, with strong beliefs in community and the dignity of work.
Member of the Board of Directors
2012 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
McCain Institute at Arizona State University is guided by Senator John McCain's legacy of public service & values that have guided the McCain family for generations It is a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity, in the United States and globally.

Philanthropy

Board Member
2008 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968, is led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy and advocates for a more just and peaceful world. Working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations, the RFK team includes leading attorneys, advocates, entrepreneurs and writers united by a commitment to social justice.
Advisory Council
2019 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. They are an independent organization and do not accept any government or UN funding.

Elisa Massimino’s Education

BA cum laude Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa
MA cum laude Philosophy
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