Amanda Klasing is the Director of the United States Democracy Initiative, a new program to address key challenges to US democracy using a human-rights based approach. Amanda has more than 15 years of experience developing evidence-based innovations and partnerships that drive rights advancements. She co-led the Women’s Rights Division from 2018-2021, focusing on economic and social rights, sexual and domestic violence, reproductive rights and the impact of structural racism on women’s health outcomes, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples. She served as the first-ever monitoring, evaluation, and learning lead at Human Rights Watch, helping to develop values-based processes and outcome metrics for human rights impacts across the organization. She is also a specialist in the rights to water and sanitation. She is a co-founder of the Human Rights Methodology Lab, a collaboration that fosters innovation to improve human rights research methodologies across disciplines.
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