NYU School of Law Juris Doctorate, May 2008
Rachel Goldbrenner is a Senior Policy Advisor to the Permanent Representative in the Washington Office of the U.S. Mission to the UN, where she serves as a member of the senior policy development and management team. She advises Ambassador Samantha Power on issues related to Asia, Europe, cybersecurity, international humanitarian law, and cross-cutting regional and strategic foreign policy matters.
Previously, she was Director for War Crimes and Atrocity Prevention at the National Security Council, where she coordinated interagency policy and advised senior policymakers on issues relating to the Atrocities Prevention Board, transitional justice, and countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She also served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the U.S. Department of State. Before entering government, she practiced in the international litigation and arbitration group of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, with pro bono experience in immigration, criminal defense and national security and human rights law research. She has worked as a foreign policy analyst at several U.S. think-tanks with a particular interest in promoting human rights, multilateral engagement and democracy and rule of law, and served as a consultant and special assistant to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
A Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, she has written about anti-Americanism and violence for the Princeton Project on National Security and reconstruction in Iraq for the Open Society Institute. Rachel has a J.D. from NYU Law School and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. A Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, she has lived in Amsterdam and Shanghai and has traveled extensively abroad.