Neela Ghoshal (she/her) is OutRight's Director of Law and Policy, based in Washington DC. She comes to OutRight from Human Rights Watch, where she served as Associate LGBT Rights Director, leading global initiatives on LGBTIQ rights and conducting research and advocacy on rights violations related to sexual orientation and gender identity around the world. Prior to joining the LGBT Rights Program, she was a researcher in the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch, based in Burundi and in Kenya, where she covered political repression, police abuse, justice sector reform, and transitional justice in East Africa. Neela previously worked with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, the Bronx Defenders, and the New York City public schools.
Neela holds a bachelor's in social justice studies from the University of Michigan and a master's in international relations from Yale University, and speaks English, Spanish, French and Kiswahili. She enjoys growing vegetables, cooking, and practicing and writing about feminist parenting.