Past Director

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Mary Beth Gallagher served as the Executive Director of Investor Advocates for Social Justice (IASJ) from 2013 to 2021. Mary Beth led socially responsible investing work around human rights, climate change, racial justice, and responsible financial practices, and served as the Social Responsibility Consultant for institutions that engaged IASJ.

Mary Beth brought a wealth of experience to IASJ in the field of environmental and human rights advocacy and international development. Prior to joining the organization, Mary Beth directed the work of a small private foundation to develop a grant making program in Burma, focused on sustainable community based development. Mary Beth also worked with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights as an advocate for human rights defenders and vulnerable populations before the U.S. government and United Nations, in the areas of women’s empowerment, the right to food and water, access to health care, equality, and the environment. Mary Beth also worked with the United Nations in Haiti and practiced non-profit law in Washington, D.C. Mary Beth served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa where she focused on environmental education, access to water, women’s empowerment, and HIV/AIDS education projects.

Mary Beth received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Boston College and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. Mary Beth is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.