Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

Michael Kourabas

Director of Partner Support & Grantmaking

Michael Kourabas works across UUSC’s programs to maximize the impact of its grassroots partners around the world. In addition to directing UUSC’s grantmaking and partner support work, Michael has conducted on-the-ground assessments of UUSC’s work and convenings with UUSC’s grassroots partners in Croatia, Greece, Haiti, Nepal, and the Philippines.

Trained as an attorney, Michael has a strong background in international human rights law and corporate accountability. In various roles prior to joining UUSC, Michael implemented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and worked to support the International Criminal Court’s investigations in Kenya and northern Uganda. He also helped launch one of the nation’s first Business and Human Rights practices at an American law firm.

Michael received his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Michigan in 2004, and his law degree from William & Mary School of Law in 2008. Michael is passionate about organizing philanthropy for systemic change. He is on the board of the Engaged Donors for Global Equity (EDGE) Funders Alliance and has served as an advisor to the EDGE Global Engagement Lab learning community. From 2019-2021, he was a member of the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Human Rights Commission, to which he was appointed co-chair in 2020.

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