September 20 Thursday

Human Rights Workshop: Johanna Chao Kreilick and Tatyana Margolin, "Open Society in Exile: Lessons Learned from Rights and Justice Work in Closed or Closing Societies"

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 12:10PM - 1:45PM
  • Faculty Lounge
  • Open To The Public
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Johanna Chao Kreilick directs the Open Society Foundations’ Strategy Unit. In this role she facilitates the evolution of the Foundations’ strategy, budget, and assessment practice, and supervises a team providing strategy and assessment support to the Foundations’ 52 programs, foundations, and advocacy offices around the globe. Kreilick also oversees the development of support to Open Society’s collaborative strategies, and provides leadership to the Foundations in their commitment to organizational culture and inclusion.

Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Kreilick built and ran a new justice and human rights program at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. The program linked groups to help each other in advancing international criminal justice, prison reform, and leadership. Earlier, as a grant maker at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, she developed and led a new economic justice program strengthening the rights of workers in the informal economy.

Tatyana Margolin is regional director for the Open Society Eurasia Program and oversees all aspects of the program, providing leadership on strategy, management, governance, and budget. In this capacity, Margolin works closely with the directors and board chairs of eight national foundations in Eurasia, and helps initiate and sustain cross-regional partnerships to advance Open Society’s mission in the region.

Prior to joining the Eurasia Program, Margolin was a joint program officer for the Open Society Public Health Program’s Law and Health Initiative and the Open Society International Harm Reduction Development program. She developed innovative approaches to integration of legal aid and harm reduction initiatives, and published and spoke widely on issues of access to justice for the most marginalized groups. An attorney by training, Margolin was previously a foreign law clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and a staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization committed to fighting discrimination against women.

Background readings are available one week prior to the workshop.  To request readings email:

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights.

Contact Information

Barbara Mianzo