William F. Schulz was the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, the U.S. division of Amnesty International, from March 1994 to 2006. He is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1985 to 1993. He is married to the Rev. Beth Graham, who is also a Unitarian Universalist minister, both living in New York. Dr. Schulz has two grown children from a previous marriage. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at The New School.
Dr. Schulz spent February 1992 in India in consultation with the Holdeen India Fund, a fund dedicated to ending communal violence and to the political and economic empowerment of women, bonded laborers, and others. He led fact-finding missions to the Middle East and Northern Ireland and was instrumental in Unitarian Universalism's opposition to U.S. military aid to El Salvador.
From 1985 to 1993, he served on the Council of the International Association for Religious Freedom, the oldest international interfaith organization in the world. Throughout his career, he has been outspoken in his opposition to capital punishment and has supported women's rights, LGBT rights, and racial justice, having organized and participated in demonstrations, and written extensively on behalf of all four causes.
In 1997, he led an Amnesty mission to Liberia to investigate atrocities committed during the civil war there and, in 1999, returned to Northern Ireland with Amnesty to insist that human rights protections be incorporated into the peace process.
During his years with Amnesty, he has traveled extensively, both in the US and abroad, including a 2004 trip to Cuba under the sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. In September 2004, Dr. Schulz participated in an Amnesty mission to Darfur, Sudan, to help redress the humanitarian crisis in that region.
Dr. Schulz has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Communitarian Network and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, among others. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and is Chair of the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
He has received the Public Service Citation from the University of Chicago, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Oberlin College Alumni Association, been included in Vanity Fair's 2002 Hall of Fame of World Nongovernmental Organization Leaders, and been honored with the Human Rights Award from Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, the Harry S. Truman Award for International Leadership from the Kansas City United Nations Association, the Cranbrook Peace Award from the Cranbrook Peace Foundation, and the Humanitarian Award from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, among others. In 2000, he was named "Humanist of the Year" by the American Humanist Association.
A familiar speaker at colleges and universities, Dr. Schulz has delivered lectures at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Yale Political Union, Oxford University, McGill University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and many others; he taught a seminar on the role of religion in international social and political conflict at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (Institute of Politics) in the fall of 1993. He is a frequent speaker at World Affairs Council meetings, before corporate groups, and in international settings, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the East.
Interview: William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, discusses report on human rights abuse by Saudi Arabia, which says the US turns a blind eye to those abuses
Mar 28, 2000; 00-00-0000 Interview: William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, discusses report on human rights abuse by...