Honorary Co-Chairs
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Desmond Tutu

The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. He chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and is currently the chairman of The Elders. Tutu is vocal in his defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed in such countries as Burma, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. He also works to fight AIDS, poverty, and racism.


Board of Directors

Jeremy Zucker

Jeremy is the Chair of Freedom Now and a partner in the international trade group of Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Dechert, Jeremy as was partner in the international trade group of Hogan Lovells. Jeremy also served as a law clerk at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands. Jeremy holds a B.A. in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from New York University Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics and a Fellow of the Center for International Studies.

Jared Genser

Jared Genser is the Founder of Freedom Now and Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC. Previously, Jared was a partner in the government affairs group of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global strategy consulting firm. He was named by the National Law Journal as one of “40 Under 40: Washington’s Rising Stars.” Jared has taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools. He was a 2006-2007 Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. His human-rights clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was an Alumni Public Service Fellow, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Jared is author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2013). He is co-editor of The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Times (Oxford University Press 2012) with former Canadian Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler.

Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland

Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Now and an independent consultant and professional board member residing in Oslo, Norway. After holding executive management positions with Estee Lauder, Bates Advertising, and Johnson Wax, she turned her energies to non-profit boards, specifically focused on education, cultural exchange, and human rights. She is the immediate past President of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). She was the first woman from outside the U.S. as well as the first Hispanic to hold this position. Her theme of public service during her presidency resonated with alumni and culminated in the establishment of ten public service fellowships. Among her present positions, Teresita serves on the HAA Executive Board, Norwegian-American Foundation Board of Directors, and Kistefos Fellowship Advisory Board. She received an A.B. from Harvard University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, where she attended on a Rotary Fellowship, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Peter Magyar

Peter Magyar is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Now and founder of Magyar & Co, a boutique international law firm. Previously he was Senior Partner and General Counsel of an international investment group with over $6 billion of assets and a Partner of Baker & McKenzie, where he headed the firm’s European securities practice and was a member of the London office’s Management Committee and the Managing Partner of its Budapest office. Peter is the recipient of various awards and citations in the legal press recognizing his work in the fields of privatization and international capital markets. He holds degrees from The London School of Economics and Oxford University. He will be helping lead Freedom Now’s expansion into Europe.

Joseph J. McCarthy

Joseph J. McCarthy is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Now. He retired as Senior Associate Dean and Director of Degree Programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. His career in education spans several  decades, and he served at Harvard University for over twenty-five years. Joe earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Boston College and a doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He currently advises and/or serves on a number of non-profit boards in the Washington, D.C. area and in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is a consultant on education both domestically and internationally. He is a resident of  Bethesda, Maryland and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Thomas Dohrmann

Thomas Dohrmann is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Now and a director of Public Sector Practice in the Americas at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He works in McKinsey’s Public Sector leading the firm’s work with tax authorities and public-finance agencies and its research on public-sector productivity and fiscal management. Tom joined McKinsey in 1996 and is based in Washington, DC. In 2008-2009, Tom took a leave of absence from McKinsey and worked on President Barack Obama’s transition team providing work on financial regulation and reform. He holds a B.A. in political science from Macalester College and an MPA from Princeton University.

Gregory K. McGillivary

Gregory K. McGillivary is a name partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Woodley & McGillivary, which represents unions and employees nationwide in all areas of labor law, including wage and hour violations, First Amendment rights, collective bargaining, grievance/arbitration, and human rights related to labor advocacy. Greg served for six years as the Union Chair of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Committee. He is the editor-in-chief of the treatise State Wage and Hour Laws and a senior editor of the treatise The Fair Labor Standards Act. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon Law School, where he was articles editor of the Oregon Law Review, and received his B.A. from Northwestern University.

Joshua Newcomer

Joshua Newcomer is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Now and an attorney in the Houston, Texas office of the law firm McKool Smith P.C. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Joshua was an attorney at the international law firm Hogan Lovells LLP. Joshua served as a law clerk to Judge Carolyn King on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge William Yohn Jr. on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Joshua earned a B.A., cum laude, majoring in history and political communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University, where he was articles editor of the Temple Law Review.