Radha Friedman joined WJP in 2012 as its first Director of Programs. In that role, she leads the incubation of locally-led pilot programs supported by seed grants and oversees a portfolio of 80+ programs on five continents. Ms. Friedman brings to the position 17 years of experience working in international development. She is passionate about helping women get the rights and resources they need to thrive, as a means to end war and build peace, alleviate poverty and strengthen food security, and foster strong economies.
Prior to joining WJP, Ms. Friedman worked with Landesa, an NGO working to curb rural poverty by securing land rights for the world’s poorest families. As Director of Global Communications, she helped elevate land rights as a key development priority and created an annual convening on International Women’s Day to unite global leaders around the issue of women’s property rights. Ms. Friedman went on to help launch the Center for Women’s Land Rights and, under her leadership as Deputy Director, she helped build strategic partnerships with the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Omidyar Network and the Nike Foundation that fueled Landesa to triple in size.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Friedman was the Director of Special Projects at the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Chicago where she focused on law-related education and civic engagement for youth in Eurasia and North America. Previously, she was the Associate Director of the SKS Foundation, the largest micro-credit organization in India, providing micro-loans to rural women to increase their economic development.
Ms. Friedman holds an M.A. in International Development Studies / M.Sci. in Public Service Administration from DePaul University, a B.A. in South Asian Studies from Antioch College, and a post-grad certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. She is a board member of Rangzen, founded by the Dalai Lama’s family, and a fellow at the World Engagement Institute (WEI). Ms. Friedman was named as one of 20 Global Leaders for Justice in 2009 by the Global Women’s Leadership Network.