The International Association of Women Judges Welcomes its new Executive Director, Ms. Shawna Wilson

The International Association of Women Judges is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Shawna Wilson as Executive Director.

Shawna brings a wealth of experience in matters at the core of IAWJ’s mission and programs, rule of law and human rights, from her long tenure at the U.S. Department of State and USAID. She was selected for the highly competitive U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program and, from September 2008 to September 2009, worked as a Fellow at the International Judicial Relations Office of the Federal Judicial Center, where she conducted briefings for foreign judges on the U.S. legal system, completed research projects, wrote a handbook, and published multiple articles on the role of the judiciary in international development efforts. Shawna also brings experience from the nonprofit and private sectors, having worked at the Eurasia Foundation and as a transactional attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shawna has a B.A. in International Affairs and Russian Studies from George Washington University and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. She is a member of the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.

“Shawna Wilson has the depth of knowledge, creativity, management skills and passion that will make her an effective executive leader of IAWJ. She understands the critical role that judges play in the protection of human rights and access to justice. We are excited to welcome her to IAWJ and support her efforts,” said IAWJ President Judge Vanessa Ruiz. “I thank the Board of Managerial Trustees’ Search Committee for conducting an extensive and thoughtful search.”

“IAWJ’s extensive network of phenomenal women judges is so impressive. These remarkable women provide leadership and vision to advance human rights and equal justice around the world. It is an incredible honor and privilege to join IAWJ as we sustain and expand our critical work,” said Ms. Wilson.