Brook Kelly-Green leads the foundation’s Advancing Reproductive and Gender Justice Initiative. Her grant making supports people and organizations working to build the political, economic, and cultural power of all women—including women of color, low-income women, rural women, trans people, and gender non-conforming people—by translating their lived experiences into policy advocacy, litigation, movement building, civic engagement, and narrative change that can transform their lives and communities. Earlier at Ford, she led the Reducing HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Exclusion Initiative, which supported the rights of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States and globally, with a particular focus on supporting and increasing the strategic advocacy of communities most marginalized by race, gender, sexuality, economics, and geography.
Throughout her career, Brook has worked on the forefront of reproductive health-related legal and policy advocacy, public education, and grassroots organizing. Before joining Ford in 2013, she served as a human rights and policy advocacy attorney with the US Positive Women’s Network. She also played a key leadership role in the implementation of the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the work of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.
Brook began her legal advocacy career as a Ford Foundation Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow after completing a clerkship in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. She holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.