As Vice President and Managing Director, Ms. Watts manages the President’s office, Board relations, organizational planning and assessment, the Center’s DC Office, and develops cross department initiatives.
Ms. Watts has served in a variety of roles at the Brennan Center, including interim Vice President for Communications in 2017, Vice President for Development from 2009-2015, and as Associate Director of Development and Manager of Foundation Relations from 2002 to 2005. From 2005-2008, she served as Senior Director of Organizational Development for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a network of historic sites dedicated to remembering past struggles for justice and addressing their contemporary legacies. There, she put in place a comprehensive fundraising and board development strategy, helping to transform a start-up project into a fully-staffed international organization with extensive regional projects at member sites around the world. As Director of Special Projects in her final year at the Coalition, she was based in Paris, where she expanded the organization’s European operations.
Ms. Watts has also served as Assistant Director of Development for New York University Faculty of Arts and Science, and Field Office Director for the State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG). She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in history from New York University.