Area of Focus: Darfur, Holocaust Education, human rights, law, South Sudan, Sudan, trauma recovery
Location: California, San Francisco
Martina Knee is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition. She is a co-founder of Act for Sudan, an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. She is a co-chair of the portfolio for International Human Rights of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs Task Force on Israel, World Jewry, and International Human Rights. Martina is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust and a member of the Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley Law School Human Rights Center. She is an officer and director of Living Ubuntu, focusing on health and well being, and the effects of stress, trauma and compassion fatigue and increasing awareness of their global and local impact. Martina is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and a recipient of its 2008 Honorable Tom Lantos Memorial Humanitarian Award. She was the Northern California Director of the 2009 Pledge to Protect National Canvass, an effort to build a broad base of support in advance of legislation implementing key provisions of the Genocide Prevention Task Force Report of 2008. She was named a “Darfur Hero” by the Save Darfur Coalition in October 2007. She previously practiced corporate and securities law for over twenty years. She earned her J.D. from the UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.