Judy Gearhart is a visiting scholar at the Accountability Research Center at American University and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Previously she served nine years as the executive director at the International Labor Rights Forum and twelve as the programs director at Social Accountability International. She has worked for UNICEF and the International Labour Organization in Honduras, women human rights defenders and Convergencia de Organismos Civiles por la Democracia in Mexico, and the Washington Office on Latin America. Gearhart has participated in numerous public fora and published on topics including: NGO networks' influence on policy-making, child labor, gender based violence at work, and business and human rights. Gearhart holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank Information Center, the Advisory Board for United Students Against Sweatshops, and the Chair of the International Committee of the Child Labor Coalition.