Maha Jweied is an Advisor to the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies housed at the Center on International Cooperation.
She is also Co-CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice, an international non-profit organization working with companies to champion fairness, equality, and effectiveness across systems of punishment and incarceration. Previously, she served as an independent expert on access to justice working with a number of nonprofit and multilateral organizations leveraging insight gained after nearly 12 years in the U. S. executive branch.
Until January 2018, she led the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. In that role, she also served as the executive director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and represented the U.S. government as its indigent defense and legal aid expert in bilateral settings and multilateral meetings. She was also a senior attorney-advisor in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a litigation associate at Arent Fox LLP, and spent time at Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, a legal aid office in Amman, Jordan.
She served as a law clerk in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Maha received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, LLM from the London School of Economics, and B.A. from George Washington University.