Katherine Wilhelm

Katherine Wilhelm

Program Officer

Katherine Wilhelm works from the foundation's Beijing office, where she has supported organizations and projects that improve civil and criminal justice systems and access to justice in China. Her grant making has focused on advancing the rights of poor and marginalized groups and individuals as well as fostering the development of public interest law.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Katherine was director of the Beijing office of Yale Law School's China Law Center. There, she developed projects promoting legal education and the rule of law in China, focusing in particular on public interest law, government information disclosure, media and law, and the juvenile justice system. Previously, she practiced corporate law in the Beijing office of a leading US law firm.

Before beginning her career in law, Katherine built an exceptional record of accomplishment in journalism. From 1998 to 2001, she was cover editor, contributing editor, and Shanghai bureau chief for the Far Eastern Economic Review. From 1983 to 1998, she held leading positions for the Associated Press, including chief of the Beijing bureau, chief of the Hanoi bureau, and Hong Kong news editor.

Katherine received her juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and received a certificate in international and comparative law from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. She previously spent an academic year in residence at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Fellow in communications. She completed two master's degrees—one in East Asian studies at Harvard University and the other in journalism at Columbia University. Katherine has a bachelor's degree in history from Niagara University.

魏梦欣女士于2012年加入福特基金会,担任福特基金会北京办事处项目官员。她资助的机构和项目推动改进中国民事与刑事司法制度,促进人们获得司法公正。这些项目的重点是保护贫困和边缘人群及个人获得法律服务的权益,促进公益法的发展。


加入福特基金会之前,魏女士是耶鲁大学法学院中国法律中心北京办事处主任。任职期间,她开发的项目帮助促进中国的法学教育及法治,尤其侧重公益法、政府信息公开、媒体与法律和青少年司法体系。在此之前,她在一家顶尖的美国律师事务所北京办事处担任律师。


魏女士开始律师生涯前,她在新闻行业有着骄人的工作业绩。1998 至 2001 年间,她担任《远东经济评论》的封面编辑、特约编辑以及上海分社社长。1983至 1998 年间,她在美联社身居要职,包括北京分社社长、越南河内分社社长和香港新闻编辑。


魏女士获得美国哥伦比亚大学法学院法学博士学位 (J.D.),学习期间,她连续三年荣获肯特奖,并获得帕克外国法与比较法学院颁发的国际与比较法证书。之前,她曾作为“奈特新闻学员”在斯坦福大学传播学院学习过一年。她拥有两个硕士学位,分别是哈佛大学的东亚研究硕士和哥伦比亚大学的新闻学硕士。她毕业于尼亚加拉大学,获得历史学学士学位。

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