Manisha Singh, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs with the U.S. State Department, has been hired as the first Executive Director of the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services at the UW School of Law.
"I am thrilled to be the first Executive Director of the Barer Institute, and am very much looking forward to working under the leadership of Dean Kellye Testy," said Singh.
The Barer Institute was created by a gift from UW Regent and law school campaign chair Stan Barer '63 and his wife, Alta. The Institute, which will involve an interdisciplinary effort based in the law school, will study and promote the effectiveness of legal frameworks as essential elements in achieving goals for human health, education, and social and economic well-being in developing countries.
"It is my and Alta's hope that the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services will provide legal roadmaps for the establishment of enforceable duties and the resultant enjoyment of rights for the receipt of basic health care, educational and economic opportunity wherever those problems are most pressing in the globe," said Stan Barer. "It is a lofty goal but one that is close to our hearts and can no longer only be addressed by medicine and science."
As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Singh was responsible for promoting trade and development issues within the foreign policy context.
Her section led the Department's efforts on food security and she represented the U.S. at the United Nations Conference on World Food Security in 2008.
She has focused her policy career on global economic growth and development, including providing increased access to medicine and healthcare in the developing world.
She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, where she developed U.S. policy regarding human rights, humanitarian, health, and public diplomacy issues at the UN and served as a key liaison to U.S. international organization missions in New York, Geneva, Paris, Vienna and Rome.
Prior to her State Department appointments, Singh served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Republican staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee working for Chairman/Ranking Member Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana).
There, she worked to further global trade, development and healthcare policy on the legislative front.
Her duties as one of the committee's lawyers also encompassed overseeing treaty ratifications, and managing confirmation hearings of ambassadors and executive branch officials.
Her Capitol Hill experience also includes serving as Counsel to the Republican staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
In addition, she spent several years as a practicing attorney at the law firms of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey and Reed Smith.
Singh's educational background includes a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies from the American University Washington College of Law.
She earned a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law at the age of 22, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Miami at the age of 19.
She also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Edward F. Threadgill, Jr., at the State of Florida Second District Court of Appeal.
"Stan and Alta Barer have tremendous vision in establishing the Institute and are seeking to fill a gap in the world of human services -- using the law as a tool in addition to fields such as science and medicine," said Singh. "Lawyers at the Institute will complement the important work that is currently being conducted by many divisions of UW as well as the greater Seattle community. It is a privilege for me to be able to join in these crucial efforts to advance humanitarian causes."