Board of Directors

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Kathleen Peratis, Vice President

Kathleen Peratis is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP. She has practiced employment law for more than 25 years.  At Outten & Golden, she chairs the Public Interest Committee and Sexual Harassment Practice Group. She is a member of the Executives and Professionals Practice Group.

Ms. Peratis served as the director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project from 1975 to 1979. She worked closely with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who founded the Project.

Ms. Peratis brought lawsuits successfully challenging as unconstitutional laws that discriminated against women on account of gender, including on account of pregnancy.

In private practice for the last three decades, Ms. Peratis has continued to represent women and men who are entering or leaving executive or professional employment or are survivors of workplace discrimination and abuse. Her clients include people who are rising on the corporate and professional ladders as well as those who have lost promotions or jobs because of their race, religion, color, or LGBT status. She has recovered millions of dollars for these survivors, usually in settlement and sometimes at trial. Under Ms. Peratis’s leadership the Public Interest Committee at Outten & Golden has taken on the representation of people with workplace claims too small to be economically viable for most lawyers but too important to ignore.

Ms. Peratis has served on the Board of Directors for Human Rights Watch, as well as Chair for the HRW Women’s Rights Division’s Advisory Committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the New Israel Fund.

Lorelie S. Masters, Treasurer

Lorelie (“Lorie”) S. Masters is a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP. A prominent insurance coverage litigator, Lorie handles all aspects of complex, commercial litigation and arbitration.

She has recovered millions of dollars of insurance coverage for products, environmental, employment, directors and officers, fiduciary, property damage, cyber and other liabilities. Lorie also handles various types of first-party property insurance claims, including claims under boiler and machinery, business-interruption, contingent business-interruption, extra expense and other related coverages.

Lorie is a partner in the insurance coverage practice, and clients say she “is very good at explaining complicated issues, and then distilling them for commercial use,” according to Chambers USA 2016, which ranks her in the upper echelons of her practice nationwide.

Lorie writes and speaks extensively on insurance coverage, technology and litigation. In addition to her legal practice, she is active in diversity and inclusion matters and has represented many individuals and groups pro bono, including policyholders denied health care coverage and victims of human trafficking.

Lorie is admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, US District Court for the District of Columbia, US District Court for the District of Maryland, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Benjamin Skinner

E. Benjamin Skinner is Founder and Principal of Transparentem. Recently, Skinner co-founded TAU, a private equity firm. Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He was named one of National Geographic‘s “Adventurers of the Year 2008.” His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011. Also in 2011, the World Economic Forum recognized Skinner as a Young Global Leader.

Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and worked as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His 50+ chapters, monographs, and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Minky Worden

As Human Rights Watch’s Director of Global Initiatives, Minky Worden develops and implements international outreach and advocacy campaigns. She previously served as Human Rights Watch’s Media Director, working with the world’s journalists to help them cover crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments in some 90 countries worldwide. Before joining Human Rights Watch in 1998, Ms. Worden lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee and worked at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as a speechwriter for the U.S. Attorney General and in the Executive Office for US Attorneys. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Ms. Worden speaks Cantonese and German, and is an elected member of the Overseas Press Club’s Board of Governors. She is the editor of The Unfinished Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012) and China’s Great Leap (Seven Stories Press, 2008), and the co-editor of Torture (New Press, 2005).

Susan Petersen Kennedy

Susan Petersen Kennedy is known in the publishing industry for her laser-focused vision and skill, delivering results year after year by developing a sustaining environment where creative people thrive and are inspired to discover, cultivate, and publish must-read books. Her world-renowned Penguin imprints publishing homes include historic, signature imprints such as Putnam, Viking, Dutton, Plume, Tarcher, Perigee, and Penguin Trade, which she propelled to greater prosperity–and newer ones like Penguin Press, Portfolio, Sentinel, and Blue Rider, which she helped establish and whose direction she set –and of course, Riverhead, the twenty-year-old prestigious, flourishing publisher she founded and personally led for twelve years. Under Ms. Petersen Kennedy, these imprints have published authors who have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, National Book and National Book Critics Circle Awards, and many more. She has overseen her imprints’ publication of more than 1,000 national bestsellers.

Previously at Random House, she was head of the Ballantine Publishing Group and oversaw the purchase of Fawcett from CBS and published that paperback imprint’s first hardcovers. She joined the then Putnam Berkley Group in 1994, playing a crucial role in their merger with Penguin in 1997.  From 2001 until 2015, she was the President of the Penguin Group, which included Viking, Penguin, Penguin Press, Dutton, Putnam and Riverhead among many others.

Ms. Petersen Kennedy has been awarded the coveted Matrix Award for Books given by New York Women in Communications, served on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, the board for The National Book Foundation which is responsible for the National Book Awards, The Board of The Bard Summerscape Festival, and been Chairman of the Paperback Division of the AAP.