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Sharon Kelly McBride

Vice President, Advocacy

Sharon Kelly McBride oversees Human Rights First’s advocacy campaigns, government relations work, and the mobilization of partners and constituents around the organization’s public policy agenda.  She previously served as Human Rights First’s director of communications and, in her first role with the organization, led a successful effort, in partnership with leaders from the national security community, to educate the presidential candidates in the 2008 election about the dangers of policies authorizing torture.

Before joining Human Rights First, she served as Research Director and Policy Advisor for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Senate Democratic Communications Center. She has worked on numerous national and state-level political campaigns.

Sharon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and earned a law degree from Harvard. She is a Truman Security Fellow and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Featured Work

May 20, 2016
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged members of the Senate to reject provisions in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would undermine the United States’ ability...
January 26, 2016
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised President Obama's decision to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons, a move that aligns U.S practices more closely with human...
January 13, 2016
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that the United States will accept more refugees in an effort to admit an increasing number of Central...
January 13, 2016
New York City—Human Rights First today praised members of Congress for urging the Obama Administration to end its deportation raids targeting refugee women and children fleeing violence and...