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Watch the full interview of Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe ’81 with Kirsten Gillibrand ’88.
About the Speakers
Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe '81
Eileen Donahoe is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University, a collaboration focused on implications of digital technology for democracy and human rights. She served as the first US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva during the Obama Administration. After leaving government, she was Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch, with a focus on internet governance and digital security.
Dr. Donahoe is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; the World Economic Forum Council on the Future of the Digital Economy; Microsoft’s Human Rights and Technology Advisory Board; and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network. She holds an A.B. from Dartmouth, an M.T.S. from Harvard, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Social Theory from the GTU in the Cooperative Program with UC Berkeley. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Celestina Dooley-Jones '82
Tina Dooley-Jones, a retired member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, spent more than 27 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). During her decades of service, her postings included Zimbabwe, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, and Kenya. Dooley-Jones became the deputy mission director at USAID/Afghanistan in 2019 and was the first female mission director to USAID/Afghanistan in 2020–2021. She also served as USAID’s senior representative on the Afghanistan Coordination Task Force whose interagency effort supported the evacuation of more than 120,000 people from the country. Dooley-Jones is the recipient of several distinguished, superior and meritorious achievement awards and has been nominated for a 2022 Presidential Rank Award, the highest federal civilian award for “sustained extraordinary accomplishment.”
Tanya Ghani '03
Tanya Ghani is a gender based violence specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment. She currently serves as the grants and programme manager for the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, overseeing the fund’s global grant-making strategy and managing its $70 million grants portfolio. Ghani joined the United Nations in 2008 and has worked in varying capacities within UN Women, including a brief assignment as head of UN Women’s sub-office in Rakhine State, Myanmar in 2019. Prior to joining UN Women, Ghani worked in Pakistan for Aahung, an NGO focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Kirsten Gillibrand '88
Throughout her time in the Senate, Senator Gillibrand has been a leader in some of the toughest fights in Washington. She led the effort to repeal the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that banned gay people from serving openly in the military; she wrote the STOCK Act, which made it illegal for members of Congress to trade stocks on insider information; and she won the long fight to provide permanent health care and compensation to the 9/11 first responders and community survivors who are sick with diseases caused by the toxins at Ground Zero.
A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1988, Gillibrand went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
After working as an attorney in New York City for more than a decade, Senator Gillibrand served as Special Counsel to United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton Administration. She then worked as an attorney in Upstate New York before becoming a member of Congress.
Rebecca Heller ’05 H’19
Becca Heller is a human rights lawyer and executive director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. Together with IRAP’s network of legal advocates, Heller works to advance the rights of displaced people through direct legal services, impact litigation, and systemic advocacy. Since cofounding IRAP while in law school in 2008, Heller has pioneered the field of refugee rights, leading IRAP’s response to the 2017 executive order banning foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from visiting the United States. She has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Charles Bronfman Prize.