ILF Launches Search for New Executive Director

The International Legal Foundation (ILF), a leading NGO providing criminal defense services for the poor in countries emerging from conflict, is launching a search for a new, full-time, Executive Director to replace Natalie Rea, founder of the ILF.

“After ten years of successfully building public defender programs in Afghanistan, Nepal and the West Bank,” Ms. Rea said, “the ILF has reached a stage of maturity that makes it clear that we need a full-time Executive Director. My successor will oversee not only the provision of legal services but also the administration of what has become a substantial multi-national organization, the building and maintenance of relationships in the countries where the ILF operates, and the continued transition of ILF operations to sustainable local management.” Since its inception in 2001, Ms. Rea has run the ILF on a part-time basis while continuing to work as a public defender in New York City. She will to continue to serve as a member of the ILF Board of Directors.

Aryeh Neier, President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations, long-time supporters of the ILF, said, “The ILF’s contributions to justice in the countries in which it operates have been substantial. Natalie Rea is a true visionary. Her insights and her contributions to establishing the rule of law in nations undergoing rebuilding cannot be overvalued. We are pleased to have helped the ILF build the programs that it has to date and look forward to this next phase.”

“The transition to a new, full-time Executive Director is a key part of a broader strategic plan developed by the ILF management and Board,” said Polly Mallinson, ILF Board Chair. “I think it is fair to say that the Board views this as a search not for Natalie Rea’s replacement, but for a leader who can help the ILF deal with the new opportunities and challenges that have come with its success. The Board is very pleased with the management structures now in place, and has the utmost confidence in the ability of the ILF’s leaders around the world to navigate the organization through this transition. We are extraordinarily grateful to Natalie for her tireless dedication to building this organization and changing the lives of thousands of people around the world. We look forward to continuing to build on the ILF’s successes going forward.”

The ILF expects the new Executive Director to join by early 2013.

See the press release here.  See the job announcement here.


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