Cathy Albisa

Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change

Cathy Albisa is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Partners for Dignity & Rights (formally NESRI), a social movement organization that supports community groups across the country in their campaigns for structural change. Partners for Dignity & Rights is the home of the Dignity in Schools Campaign and the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network. The organization also worked deeply in partnerships with visionary organizers or issues as diverse as universal healthcare and community land trusts. She serves on the Human Rights Commission in New York City, and has published widely on economic and social rights, racial and gender justice, and human rights generally.

Cathy has also been a director at the Center for Economic and Social Rights, an Associate Director at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, a co-director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice clinic at CUNY Law School, and a constitutional rights litigator at the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She has also served in the leadership of boards of directors such as the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Center for Social Inclusion, among others. Cathy graduated with a JD from Columbia Law School and at BA from the University of Miami.