Human rights advocate, Executive Director
Krishanti Dharmaraj, executive director, is a feminist and human rights activist with over 25 years of experience working to advance the rights of women and girls. She is the founder of the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and inclusion to reduce identity-based discrimination. Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) and the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund.
Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing an international human rights treaty. As a result of passing CEDAW in San Francisco the city implemented a gender analysis in departments that assessed employment, programming and service delivery and resource allocation. Currently, this public policy strategy is being implemented in cities across the United States. She has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, conducted trainings and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Dharmaraj is on the Board of Directors of IDEX, a Trustee of the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka, and is on the Advisory Boards of the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center, South Asia Democracy Watch, and Machik, an organization enhancing the wellbeing of those living in Tibet. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, Women, Law and Development, Horizons Foundation and the Center for Asian Pacific Women.
Ms. Dharmaraj has an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, at Berkeley.