Ruth Barrett-Rendler | Center for Victims of Torture

Ruth Barrett-Rendler

Deputy Director

Ms. Barrett Rendler has dedicated her career to managing nonprofits with missions focusing on human rights and social justice. In 1998, Ms. Barrett Rendler joined CVT as the director of Volunteer Services and was promoted to deputy director in 1999. In her deputy director position, she is responsible for overall operations at CVT and directly supervises Client Services, International Services, Research/Program Evaluation, National Capacity Building, Community Capacity Building, the New Tactics in Human Rights Project, the Volunteer Program and Human Resources.

In addition to her work at CVT, Ms. Barrett Rendler served as Chair of the Program Committee on Amnesty International USA’s Board of Directors from 1999 to 2004.  She also had worked for Amnesty International USA from 1987 through 1994, first as Midwest Regional Director and later as Refugee Director. Prior to her work at CVT, she served as Director of Volunteer Services and then Curator of Chicago’s Peace Museum, a not for profit museum dedicated to peace education through the visual, literary and performing arts.

Ms. Barrett Rendler holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Manchester College where she also majored in Spanish



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