Katherine Ward '92 Earns Award for Human Rights Advocacy

From the New Canaan Advertiser:

Katherine Ward, a 1979 graduate of New Canaan Country School, will be presented with the school’s alumni award on the campus Friday, Jan. 10.

The New Canaan Country School Alumni Award is presented each year to honor an alumna or alumnus who best embodies the statement from the school’s mission: “New Canaan Country School inspires students to be lifelong learners with the courage and confidence to make a positive contribution to the world.”

“Kathy’s work as a war crimes lawyer and international conflict policy-maker certainly exemplify this aspect of our school’s mission,” Timothy R. Bazemore, head of school, said. “We congratulate Kathy on her many contributions and look forward to having her back to campus to speak with our students.”

Ward holds a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School, a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and Soviet studies from Yale University, and has also studied internationally at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, Leningrad State University and the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute.

Her professional history that has taken her around the world working on major international conflict policy issues. While working as deputy director for International Crisis Group, her areas of focus included conflicts in Asia, Africa, Iraq, the Balkans, as well as HIV/AIDS crises.

Previously, she was selected as one of 15 members of the 36th class of White House Fellows by the bipartisan Commission on White House Fellowships in 2000 and was assigned to the United States Mission to the United Nations.

She is a freelance editor of publications related to field of human rights, war crimes law and international crisis response for organizations, including InterAction and the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. She also writes briefing points, rapid response memos and position papers for similar organizations.

Ward currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany, with her husband, a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, and their two children.