Louis Bickford is a member of the Civic Engagement and Government team. His work has supported the efforts of both well-established and emerging international organizations to bolster global human rights movements.
For more than 20 years, Louis has worked to advance global human rights. Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, he served on the executive leadership team at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
Previously, Louis was a founding staff member and director of the Policymakers and Civil Society unit at the International Center for Transitional Justice, where he developed the organization's capacity-building and training programs in every world region, including in Santiago, Cape Town, and Rabat; managed the work in Burma, Mexico, and Nigeria; and launched a global network of human rights documentation centers and exchanges on truth commissions. In addition, he worked as a consultant for the Oak Foundation, Bertha Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, among others.
Louis has taught regular graduate seminars on global human rights at Columbia University, New York University, and the New School for Social Research. He received a PhD from McGill University and a master's degree from the New School, both in political science.