Matthew Smith

Co-founder and CEO,
Fortify Rights

Matthew Smith is a co-founder and CEO of Fortify Rights, a human rights organization devoted to strengthening the human rights movement. In 2005, he began working in Southeast Asia as a human rights researcher, trainer, and advocate, developing an intimate understanding of local responses to abuses.

He was a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow in recognition of innovative approaches to strengthening the human rights movement, and his work has exposed war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing, multi-billion dollar corruption, and other human rights violations.

He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street JournalCNN, and other outlets. He previously worked with Human Rights Watch, EarthRights International, and Kerry Kennedy of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. He also has experience as a community organizer in New York City and as an emergency-services caseworker in Mobile, Alabama.

Smith has an MA from Columbia University and a BA from Le Moyne College.