Fatima Goss Graves
Published January 13, 2013
Updated February 8, 2021

Fatima Goss Graves is the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, where she works on issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. Graves is a co-founder of Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance.

Prior to becoming President, Ms. Goss Graves served as the National Women’s Law Center’s senior vice president for program, where she led research to eliminate barriers in employment, education, health and reproductive rights and lift women and families out of poverty. Prior to that, as the center’s vice president for education and employment, she led anti-discrimination initiatives.

Previously, she worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP and as a law clerk for Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Graves has contributed to the The New York Times and CNN. She’s a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Yale Law School.

Courtesy of the National Women’s Law Center

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Affirmative action in the workplace and education, equal pay and the wage gap, military (women in the military), career and technical education, pregnant and parenting students, school reform and dropout prevention, sexual harassment, education and Title IX, employment

Location: Washington, D.C.


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