Katherine Wilhelm, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation’s Beijing office

USALI Thursday Lunch Series February 14, 2013:

Katherine Wilhelm is a program officer in the foundation’s Beijing office, where she supports organizations and projects that improve civil and criminal justice systems and access to justice in China. Her grant making focuses on advancing the rights of poor and marginalized groups and individuals as well as fostering the development of public interest law.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2012, Katherine was director of the Beijing office of Yale Law School’s China Law Center. There, she developed projects promoting legal education and the rule of law in China, focusing in particular on public interest law, government information disclosure, media and law, and the juvenile justice system. Previously, she practiced corporate law in the Beijing office of a leading U.S. law firm.

Before beginning her career in law, Katherine built an exceptional record of accomplishment in journalism. From 1998 to 2001, she was cover editor, contributing editor and Shanghai bureau chief for the Far Eastern Economic Review. From 1983 to 1998, she held leading positions for The Associated Press including chief of the Beijing bureau, chief of the Hanoi bureau and Hong Kong news editor.

Katherine received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and received a certificate in international and comparative law from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. She previously spent an academic year in residence at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Fellow in communications. She completed two master’s degrees—one in East Asian studies at Harvard University and the other in journalism at Columbia University. Katherine has a bachelor’s degree in history from Niagara University.