Rebecca Riddell

Policy Lead, Economic and Racial Justice

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Rebecca Riddell is the policy lead for economic and racial justice at Oxfam America. Her work focuses on advancing economic and racial justice and human rights, in the US and globally.

Based in New York, Rebecca joined Oxfam in 2023. She is an international human rights lawyer with a background in addressing extreme inequality and excess corporate power and promoting economic and social 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 the risks of privatizing public services. Prior to that, she served as a Senior Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, carrying out investigations and advising governments on 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.