“Gillian Caldwell is a rare powerhouse. She produces RESULTS. She has taken three start up nonprofit organizations with budgets of $100,000 to $200,000 and grown them to organizations to with multi-million dollar budgets. That ability to build capacity has meant more lives saved, more habitats protected, and more human dignity preserved. She can do this because she singularly believes in the missions she embraces, and is without question one of the most tenacious, organized, generative human beings I have ever met.”
-Susannah Goodman, Director of the National Voting Integrity Campaign, Common Cause
“Gillian Caldwell’s international experience as a lawyer and leader in civil society gives her unique and powerful insights into her consulting work, enabling her to advise executive directors on strategy, planning, implementation and maximum impact. She is the best strategic consultant I have worked with in over twenty years and at numerous organizations. I recommend her unequivocally to anyone who wants to lead their organization to new heights.”
-Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Summary of Qualifications
- Current CEO of Global Witness based in London, as a result of which I am not taking on consulting clients.
- Dynamic and award-winning three-time executive director, campaigner, serial social entrepreneur, attorney and film maker experienced in advancing social justice and environmental campaigns in the United States and around the world.
- Proven track record in strategic consulting, coaching and facilitation, and in conceiving and executing deliverables-driven strategic plans.
- Experienced and successful in managing all aspects of organizational growth, including fundraising (more than $30 million raised to date), policy advocacy, online strategy and organizing, field operations, communications and multi-media production, outreach, operations, human resources and finances.
Gillian Caldwell is currently the CEO of Global Witness based in London. In her past consulting practice she has served as a strategist helping non-profits, foundations, films and socially responsible corporations increase their impact. Her special areas of expertise in the US and global contexts are: strategic planning, outreach and advocacy campaigns, video advocacy, organizational development, retreat design and facilitation, executive coaching and transition planning. She consulted full time from the fall of 2010 until the Summer of 2015 at which point she was appointed Executive Director of Global Witness and moved to London with her family.
In 2010, Gillian completed three years as Campaign Director for 1Sky (www.1sky.org now merged with www.350.org), which she helped build from inception. From start up under her leadership, 1Sky grew within two years to become the largest collaborative climate and energy campaign in the United States, and combined the force of over 640 allied organizations, a team of organizers in 23 states nationwide at the height of the 2009 Congressional debate, more than 225,000 climate advocates and more than 4000 volunteer “Climate Precinct Captains” covering every state and Congressional District in the country.
Prior to launching the 1Sky campaign, Gillian served as the Executive Director of WITNESS www.witness.org, which was co-founded by musician Peter Gabriel and uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. Gillian led WITNESS’ rapid expansion during her decade of leadership and helped produce over 30 documentary shorts and films for use in systems-changing advocacy campaigns in partnership with NGOs in dozens of countries around the world. During that time, she also worked with many well-known musicians and actors, including Angelina Jolie, Jackson Browne, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins.
Before her 10 years of leadership at WITNESS, Gillian Directed a global undercover investigation and global campaign on the Russian mafia’s involvement in trafficking women for forced prostitution, and produced and directed an influential documentary film which was televised internationally and helped spur policy changes worldwide.
Gillian is also co-editor and author of a book titled Video for Change: A Guide to Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press, 2005). She received her BA from Harvard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University, where she was recognized as a Public Interest Law Scholar.
She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors for social entrepreneurship, including an echoing green fellowship, the Skoll Award, the Schwab Foundation Award and an Ashoka Award. She was also honored with a Next Generation Leadership Award by the Rockefeller Foundation. Gillian has benefited from several intensive leadership development programs, including Rockwood’s Art of Leadership and their yearlong program, Leading from the Inside Out and a Master Class on the Art of Transformational Consulting.
Gillian is an athlete and musician living in the Washington DC area with her life partner Louis Spitzer (the former Global Digital Director at the ONE campaign co-founded by musician Bono), their children, Tess and Finley, and two pound hounds.