Tamaryn Nelson

TamarynNelsonTamaryn is a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration (MPA/MC) student at the Harvard Kennedy School. For the past 15 years she has led innovative human rights research and advocacy in Latin America. While she has worked on issues ranging from torture in Mexico to slave labor in Brazil, most recently, Tamaryn led Amnesty International’s research and campaigning on Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.  For 7 years, Tamaryn also led the Latin America Program at WITNESS, an NGO founded by musician Peter Gabriel that uses video to document human rights abuses and creates high-impact campaigns.  Tamaryn’s co-productions have contributed to changes in policy, practice and law through screenings to high profile decision-makers in Latin America, the United Nations, the European Parliament, while also reaching millions via film festivals, concerts and broadcast networks worldwide. Tamaryn also has managed Planned Parenthood’s Global Advocacy Program in Africa and Latin America, as well as violence prevention programs at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  She her career began overseeing fundraising and coalition advocacy at a Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), which takes unresolved human rights cases to international tribunals. Originally from Brazil, Tamaryn has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.