Sworn in to her post in October 2015 as U.S. Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, former Ambassador Mendelson had spent over two decades working on development, democracy, and human rights as a scholar and practitioner both inside and outside of government. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, she served as a deputy assistant administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development and was the agency lead on combating human trafficking. She also served as senior adviser and inaugural director of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies which has been her intellectual home for many years. Ambassador Mendelson is the author of over 70 scholarly publications. She received her BA from Yale University and her PhD from Columbia University.
“With so much money being made and so many people involved, it is disheartening that the movement to end modern-day slavery has not yet reached a tipping point. I am hopeful the Global Goals that the international community signed on to in 2015 present an enormous opportunity to grow the movement.”