The 2016-2018 Board of Directors is comprised of the Executive Council and Board of Directors with 18 members representing the five regions of IAWJ membership.

Board members are elected by the membership at each Biennial Conference.  Executive Officers are elected by the full board members every two years.

Executive Council

PresidentHon. Susana Medina De Rizzo, Superior Court of Justice of Entre Rios, Argentina

President – Elect – Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Washington DC, United States

Vice President – Hon. Binta Nyako, Federal High Court, Nigeria

Vice President Elect – Hon. Susan Glazebrook, Supreme Court, New Zealand

Secretary/Treasurer – Hon. Joan Charles, Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

Past President, ex officio Hon. Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Supreme Court of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Executive Director, ex officio – Lisa Davis, International Association of Women Judges, Washington DC, United States

Founder, ex officio  Arline Pacht, International Association of Women Judges, Washington DC, United States

Board of Directors

(Sub-Saharan) Africa

Hon. Helen Moronkeji Ogunwumiju, Court of Appeals, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Hon. Imani Daud Aboud, High Court of Tanzania, Tanga, Tanzania


Asia and the Pacific

Hon. Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Supreme Court, San Juan City, Philippines

Hon. Robyn Tupman, District Court of New South Wales, Haymarket, New South Wales, Australia


Europe and the Middle East/North Africa

Hon. Anisa Dhanji, Courts & Tribunals, Surrey, United Kingdom

Hon. Mina Sougrati, Administrative Tribunal of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco


Latin America and the Caribbean

Hon. Graciela Medina, National Civil Chamber, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hon. Margarita Beatriz Luna Ramos, Supreme Court of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico


North America

Hon. Petra Newton, Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto, Canada

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania, United States

Board of Managerial Trustees

Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, District Court of Columbia Court of Appeals, Washington, DC, United States

Hon. Leslie Alden (ret.), George Mason Law School, Fairfax, VA, United States

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Washington, DC, United States

Hon. Mary McGowan Davis (ret.), Supreme Court of the State of New York, Paris, France

Hon. Tamarin Dunnet, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toronto, Canada

Amb. Susan G. Esserman, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC, United States

Katherine L. Garrett, Consultant, Washington, DC, United States

Judith W. Gilmore, Mediator, Washington, DC, United States

Joanne Samuel Goldblum, National Diaper Bank Network, New Haven, CT, United States

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Diego, CA, United States

Hon. Arline Pacht (ret.), Founder of IAWJ, Washington, DC, United States

Drucilla Stender Ramey, Golden Gate Law Dean Emerita, San Francisco, CA, United States

Judith ResnikArthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, United States

Joanne RosenAssociate Lecturer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Laura Stein, Clorox Company, Executive Vice-President- General Counsel and Corporate Affairs, Oakland, CA

Anne Walsh Bradley, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Madison, WI, United States

Mildred K. Wurf, Consultant, Washington, DC, United States

Judge Judith C. Chirlin (ret.), Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Lisa L. Davis, ex officio Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges, Washington DC, United States