Meet our newest Board members and Board chair!
February 12, 2021
At the beginning of 2021, Global Rights for Women welcomed 2 new Board members and a new Board chair! We are deeply grateful for their commitment to the organization and mission of ending violence against women worldwide.
Jim Jacobson has been on the GRW Board of Directors since 2018 and is the Chair of the Board. Jim is the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Medica Health Plans. Before joining Medica, Jim served for two years as Chief Deputy County Attorney for Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, supervising all civil litigation and other civil matters. Jim also served in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, working in the Consumer Fraud, Commerce and Health Licensing Divisions. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984 and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Jim has served on several other community and nonprofit boards in Minnesota.
Imrana Jalal is a groundbreaking human rights attorney from Fiji and a leader of women’s rights across South Asia. Her work includes serving as the founding member of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, a former Human Rights Advisor for the United Nations Development Program, and is now Chair of the Inspection Panel for the World Bank. In 2006, Imrana also became a national name after publicly standing up to Fiji’s historically oppressive Military regime and in 2008, served as Chair of the United Nations Expert Group Meeting in Vienna that developed the first global model legislation on violence against women. Imrana was GRW’s keynote speaker in 2019 at the annual fall fundraiser and is making a cameo appearance at our 2020 virtual event.
Rachel Pollock is a lawyer in the Twin Cities who received her law degree with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. She received her BA from Truman State University and spent a year studying in Madrid. She is fluent in Spanish. Rachel started her legal career at the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre Drinker and then went to Holiday Companies, Pentair and now Meritex. Rachel is passionate about women’s human rights. She has been an active promoter of GRW since GRW’s founding.
Global Rights for Women is a leading voice in the global movement to end violence against women and girls. GRW builds international partnerships that advance laws, values, and practices to create communities where all women and girls live free from violence and threats of violence. In times of greater resistance to human rights from regressive forces, GRW makes an uncompromising commitment to the universal acceptance of women and girls’ human right to be free from violence.