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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

January 21, 2015
This is an excerpt from The Hill. With the midterms behind him, President Obama can spend his final two years in office devoting his full attention to priorities that will define his legacy. While...
December 09, 2014
Our team at Human Rights First is hard at work pouring over the just-released groundbreaking report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. What we’ve learned so far is darker and more...
November 12, 2014
Geneva – Human Rights First welcomes the U.S. government’s efforts to clarify the scope of the application of the Convention Against Torture.  Today in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture...