Teresa Casale

Teresa Casale is the Executive Director of Mina’s List. With 15 years of experience in the INGO sector, Teresa specializes in policy advocacy and has advocated to the U.S. government, the United Nations, the World Bank, and other global entities. Before becoming Executive Director, Teresa led Mina’s List’s advocacy efforts related to the promotion and protection of Afghan women and girls for two years. Prior to joining Mina’s List, Teresa served as Global Policy Advocate at the International Center for Research on Women, where she helped launch and manage the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality, served as the Legislative Chair of the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, and managed the Feminist UN Campaign. Before working on global gender equality, Teresa focused on issues related to humanitarian response as well as peacebuilding and conflict transformation in regions such as Israel/Palestine, Kenya, Rwanda, and Syria. With a specialty in the U.S. Congress, Teresa has helped create, support, and pass multiple pieces of legislation, including the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act and the Women, Peace& Security Act, and helped draft the Afghan WIN (Women in Negotiations) Act. As a volunteer advocate for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Teresa conducted over 200 lobby meetings with Members of Congress on the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act, adding almost 100 co-sponsors to the bill and winning the HDSA Advocate of the Year award in 2015. Teresa is a frequent contributor to The Hill and has also published in Ms. Magazine and Foreign Policy Magazine. She holds an M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in History and Political Science.