The 2018-2020 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

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

President-ElectHon. Susan Glazebrook, Supreme Court, Auckland, New Zealand

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

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

Secretary/Treasurer – Hon. Mina Sougrati, Administrative Tribunal of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco

Past President, ex officio Hon. Susana Medina, Vice President, Superior Court of Justice of Entre Rios, Argentina

Executive Director – Shawna J. Wilson, International Association of Women Judges, Washington DC, United States

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

Board of Directors

(Sub-Saharan) Africa

Hon. Ngozi Priscilla Emehelu, High Court of Enugu, Enugu, Nigeria

Hon. Hannah Okwengu, Court of Appeals, Nairobi, Kenya

Asia and the Pacific

Hon. Maria Theresa M. Arcega, Sandiganayan, Quezon City, Philippines

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

Europe, Middle East, and North Africa

Hon. Gloria Poyatos Matas, High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Spain

Hon. Saida Chebili, Court of First Instance, Sousse, Tunisia  

Latin America and the Caribbean

Hon. Esther Elisa Agelan (ret.), Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Hon. Jovita Alicia Rojas de Bortoletto, Court of Civil and Commercial and Labor Appeal of the Judicial District of the Department of Cordillera, Asunción, Paraguay

North America

Hon. Julie Thorburn, Superior Court of Justice, Toronto, Canada

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


Board of Managerial Trustees

Hon. Mary McGowan Davis (ret.), Chair, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York, NY, United States

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

Amb. Mari Carmen Aponte, United States Department of State,  Washington, DC, United States

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Professor, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL, United States

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

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

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

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, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Washington, DC, United States

Judith W. Gilmore, Mediator, USAID (ret.), 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

Hon. Marietta S. Robinson, Harvard University, Washington, DC, United States

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

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

Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin (ret.), Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, Unites States

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

Shawna J. Wilson, Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges, Washington DC, United States

IAWJ Past Presidents