After serving eight years with the Phelps-Stokes Fund, Gerald A. LeMelle joined Amnesty International (USA) as deputy executive director for action in September 1995.
As deputy executive director for advocacy at Amnesty, LeMelle is responsible for the National Casework Program, the Children's Human Rights Network, the National Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, the National Human Rights and the Environment Program, the Health Professionals Network, the Interfaith Religious Network, the Legal Support Network, the National Outfront Program, the National Refugee Program, the Women's Human Rights Programs, and Domestic Human Rights projects.
LeMelle served as counsel for the Phelps-Stokes Fund from 1987-1995. As the Director of African Programs, he established and developed six programs surrounding student advisory, small grants, university resources, forum series, African papers and international curriculums.
An advocate for human rights, LeMelle appears frequently on national television and radio. He has published in various newspapers and often delivers lectures and seminars at universities and other organizations across the U.S.
LeMelle holds a B.A. from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bar Association. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and four children.