Joanne Leedom-Ackerman

Leadership Council Member

Harvard University

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman (she/her) is an American author, editor, and human rights activist. She was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Virginia, and went on to study at Harvard University.

Leedom-Ackerman has written several books, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her work often explores themes related to social justice and human rights, and she has been published in numerous publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

In addition to her writing, Leedom-Ackerman is also an active participant in international human rights efforts. She has served on the board of directors for PEN International, a global association of writers dedicated to defending freedom of expression, and has also been involved with the International PEN Women Writers’ Committee.

Leedom-Ackerman’s commitment to human rights and social justice has been recognized with several awards and honors, including the Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and the Courage in Literary Publishing Award from PEN New England.

Throughout her career, Leedom-Ackerman has remained dedicated to using her writing and activism to advocate for those who are marginalized and oppressed. She continues to be an important voice in the global fight for human rights and social justice.