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Sharon Kelly McBride

Senior 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

December 11, 2019
In response to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees’ release of the final, conference-negotiated defense bill (National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 Fiscal Year, or “NDAA”), Human...
July 12, 2019
New York City—In response to the House of Representatives passing the defense bill (National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 Fiscal Year, or “NDAA”), Human Rights First’s Sharon Kelly McBride...
November 07, 2018
Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s firing of Attorney Jeff Sessions, Human Rights First’s Sharon Kelly McBride issued the following statement:  The United States is a nation of laws,...
November 07, 2018
Yesterday, millions of voters made their voices heard in support of American ideals. They stood together despite President Trump’s closing bid to Americans: "be afraid." Be afraid of refugees...