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Names: Nossel to head Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has named State Department official Suzanne Nossel as its new executive director. Nossel, who most recently served at the State Department as deputy assistant secretary for international organizations, will assume her new role at AIUSA in January. In the meantime, she is working as a visiting senior fellow at the Council ...

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) has named State Department official Suzanne Nossel as its new executive director.

Nossel, who most recently served at the State Department as deputy assistant secretary for international organizations, will assume her new role at AIUSA in January. In the meantime, she is working as a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. A long time human rights lawyer and activist, Nossel’s portfolio at State included multilateral human rights, humanitarian affairs, women’s issues, and public diplomacy. She worked on U.N. resolutions related to Iran, Syria, and Libya, and played a leading role in U.S. engagement at the U.N. Human Rights Council.

She had previously served as Human Rights Watch’s chief operating officer, deputy to the ambassador for U.N. management and reform at the U.S. mission to the United Nations, vice president at Bertelsmann Media Worldwide, and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and has also been a fellow and scholar at the Century Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and CFR.

"I am so pleased to join Amnesty International USA at this moment of challenge and opportunity," said Nossel in a Thursday press release. "The drive for political freedom in the Mideast and the demands for greater economic equality here at home are just two examples of the centrality of human rights to some of the most important issues on the global agenda today."

"She is a change agent, as well as a respected author and experienced fundraiser; she will, therefore, bring significant attention to AI’s vital human rights agenda," AIUSA board of directors chair Carole Nagengast said in the release. "As the organization seeks to heighten its impact on numerous front-burner human rights issues globally, Suzanne is undoubtedly the right leader for AIUSA."

In a goodbye e-mail to colleagues in October, Nossel said, "We’ve gotten some concrete, important things done and I feel both pride and confidence that there will be more progress to come on the issues and causes we all care about…. The smudged and illegible keys on my blackberry are testament to the balancing act that everyone tolerated and helped make work. I will miss all of you very much."

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