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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.

January 11, 2017
Washington, D.C.—Following yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), nominee for Attorney General, Human Rights First said that it will hold...
January 10, 2017
Over the course of the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump expressed hostility to human rights norms and called into question whether the United States should continue to promote its values abroad...
January 09, 2017
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today urged the Senate to question cabinet nominees on their commitment to fundamental principles of human rights during confirmation hearings taking place this...
December 13, 2016
Washington, D.C.—As President-elect Trump continues to announce his selections for top positions in the new administration, 21 of the nation’s largest human rights and faith organizations today...