Economic Justice Policy Lead
Rebecca Riddell is the economic justice policy lead for Oxfam America. Her work focuses on advancing economic justice and human rights in the US and globally.
Based in New York, Rebecca joined Oxfam in 2023. She is an international human rights attorney with experience fighting for policies that address extreme inequality, check excess corporate power, and fulfill rights. Previously, she co-led a research and advocacy initiative at New York University School of Law that partnered with communities and movements around the world to document and expose the risks of privatizing public services. Prior to that, she served for two years as a Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, carrying out investigations in different countries, and pressing governments to adopt progressive policies relating to tax, social spending, and other areas. She also worked at Human Rights Watch, where she investigated abuses against refugees and asylum seekers, and served as a law clerk to the honorable James Cott in the Southern District of New York.
She graduated summa cum laude from Kenyon College with a degree in political science, and received a Fulbright grant to teach in Thailand. She graduated cum laude from NYU Law, where she led the Unemployment Action Center, a city-wide non-profit that supports people seeking unemployment insurance.