Gillian Caldwell is a serial social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and an attorney with 30 years of experience advocating for social justice in the United States and around the world. Between the fall of 2010 and the summer of 2015 when she joined Global Witness as their executive director, she served as President of Gillian Caldwell Consulting, which helped progressive non-profits, corporations, and foundations increase their impact. Her special areas of emphasis were strategic planning, outreach and advocacy campaigns, and executive coaching.
She served as the producer and engagement manager for Citizen Koch, a documentary on money in politics directed by Academy-Award nominees Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. She served as the director of 1Sky, the largest collaborative climate and energy campaigns in the United States. She has also served as executive director of WITNESS (co-founded by musician Peter Gabriel), which harnesses the power of video to advocate to human rights abuses. Previously, she directed a global undercover investigation and global campaign on the Russian mafia’s involvement in trafficking women for forced prostitution, and produced and directed Bought & Sold, a documentary film which helped spur policy changes worldwide.
Caldwell is co-editor and author of Video for Change: A Guide to Advocacy and Activism (2005). She received her BA from Harvard University and a JD from Georgetown University, where she was honored as a Public Interest Law Scholar; she is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Ashoka, Skoll, and Schwab awards for social entrepreneurship.