Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Since 1981, she has worked on diverse human rights issues including child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, women’s rights and the environment. Kennedy founded RFK Compass, which convenes bi-annual meetings of institutional investors who collectively control $5-7 trillion in assets to address the impact of human rights violations on investment outcomes.
She is the author of Speak Truth to Power (Crown Books/Random House 2008) Speak Truth has grown to include a photography exhibit now travelling on four continents, a play by Broadway playwright Ariel Dorfman which has opened in over 20 countries, an award winning website, a PBS documentary film, and a twelve week education and toolkit for action packet now being taught to millions worldwide.
She serves on the boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace, SDG USA, Human Rights First, Ethics in Action, Sustainable Development Goals Center/Africa, Nizami Ganjavi International Center and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation as well as several public companies. She is the best-selling author of Being Catholic Now (Random House 2000) and upcoming Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope (Little, Brown/Hachette 2018). A graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School, she received the Social Activism Award from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates along with many other awards and honorary degrees.
Kennedy is the mother of three daughters, Cara, Mariah and Michaela.