Bachelor in English and American Studies, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1981. Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Harvard University. Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, Stanford University, California, 1989.
Juris Doctor, Stanford Law School, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy in Ethics and Social Theory, University California Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 2006.
Law clk to Honorary William H. Orrick United States District Court (northern district ) California, San Francisco. Teaching fellow Stanford Law School. Litigation associate Fenwick & West LLP, Palo Alto, California.
Visiting scholar Center International Security & Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, 2006—2007, affiliated scholar, 2007—2010. United States ambassador to United Nations Human Rights Council United States Department State, Geneva, since 2010. Foreign policy & human rights researcher Lawyer's Committee Human Rights.
Strategist Amnesty International Ginetta Sagan Fund.
Married John Joseph Donahoe. Children: Jack, Thomas, Catherine, Kevin.