Brendan Kennedy
Privateer Holdings, Inc.
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Dow Investments Plc

Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy


Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Kerry is devoted to the pursuit of equal justice, the protection and promotion of basic rights and the preservation of the rule of law.

RFK Human Rights partners with the bravest people on Earth to create lasting change and supports them with training and litigation. Through its innovative curriculum, Speak Truth to Power, it brings human rights to students in the classroom and engages the financial community regarding sustainable investing.

Kerry’s tireless work helping others has included serving as Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, Health eVillages and Inter-Press Service in Italy. She is a Patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust and serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. Kerry advises a great many other organizations including AAIA, Campaign for Tibet & the Albert Schweitzer Institute.

Kerry is the author of ‘Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our Work’, New York Times Best Seller ‘Being Catholic Now’ and her most recent publication, ‘Robert F. Kennedy Ripples of Hope’. She is a regular speaker at human rights events and contributor to the major networks such as CNN and NBC.

Ms. Kennedy received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement. She has received a myriad of awards from institutions including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the American Jewish Congress of the Metropolitan Region.

A graduate of Brown University and Boston Law School, she is a Member of the Bar of both Massachusetts and District of Columbia and holds numerous Honorary Doctorates.

Kerry Kennedy’s Newsfeed

Gender gap in business, labour market and society

Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, will be a featured speaker at an event titled "Gender Gap in Business, Labour Market and Society." The event is hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Italy and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Announces Eight New Powerhouse Board Members

“Expanding our board is an important step forward for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, allowing us to deepen our commitment to the vital work my father started more than 50 years ago,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of the organization. “The insight and leadership of these outstanding women will be invaluable in our fight for a more just and peaceful world.”

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Kerry Kennedy’s Background

New York, US
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968, working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments & corporations.

Other Business Interests

New York, NY, USA
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of generosity, social media, and collaboration. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season and encourages the public to support philanthropic organizations.

Current Non-Executive Positions

Board of Directors
New York, US
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy & action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. They believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights.
Board of Directors
Rome, IT
Originally founded in 1964, to fill the information gap between Latin America and Europe, the Inter Press Service (IPS) is the world’s leading news agency on issues such as environment, development, human rights and civil society.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Chair, USA Leadership Council
New York, US
Amnesty International is the world's leading human rights organisation, campaigning against injustice & inequality worldwide.


May 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
SDG USA is a non-profit organization that supports America’s Goals for 2030. America’s Goals call for good jobs for all, healthcare for all, investing in America’s children, putting people’s interests over special interests, ensuring equal opportunity for all, providing sustainable infrastructure, and ensuring a clean and safe environment.
Board of Directors
New York, US
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the ideal that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical & essential for US & global security.
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Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
Women On The Move is a global initiative designed to empower female employees, clients, and consumers to build their careers, grow their businesses, and improve their financial health. In this interview, Kerry shares her experiences as a human rights activists, how RFK Human Rights raises awareness and provides solutions for global human rights issues, and education initiatives it supports.


In this book, published in 2018, Kerry shares personal remembrances of her father. Through conversations with politicians, media personalities, leaders & celebrities, she explores the influence that he continues to have on issues at the heart of America's identity.
Contributing Writer: "Building a pandemic-free future, and a more just and peaceful world"
Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
Seeing current times as a time for deep reflection, Kerry talks about how "social justice in a time of social distancing" can build a foundation for a more just and peaceful world, one in which we help disadvantaged students, safeguard women against violence, fight unlawful immigrant detention, and improve the global food supply chain.
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Feb 2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Sankofa org is fiscally sponsored by the New World Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Sankofa org addresses injustice and creates change at multiple levels. In support of our grassroots partners, we enlist artists, performers, and prominent individuals to deliver messages of moral and political consequence.


Human Rights Award
Monrovia, US
World Vision is a global Christian, humanitarian organization that partners with children, families & their communities to ensure they reach their full potential. World Vision acts to tackle the causes of poverty & injustice
Medal of Honor
New York, US
The Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor is given to a few extraordinary individuals whose far-reaching influence has made the world a better place.
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Kerry Kennedy’s Education

Honorary Doctorate of Law
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
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