Major Fellowship Activities: Fitzpatrick focused on peacekeeping and Darfur. She monitored the efforts of the U.S. and others to pressure the Sudanese government to allow for a UN peacekeeping force in the region. She corresponded with fellow organizational members in the Save Darfur Coalition and attended meetings with other members of the D.C. Darfur advocacy community. She tracked the progress of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, including the launch of the Peacebuilding Fund and the first Peacebuilding Commission meetings for the Sierra Leone and Burundi cases. She created a new webpage and wrote and updated numerous content and news pieces for the CGS Darfur Resource Center. She co-authored a briefing paper on Darfur and the ICC entitled “Darfur and the ICC: Ensuring Accountability,” and created and collected information for CGS “10 Things You Can Do For Darfur” page. She wrote several pieces for the CGS website, including “International Bodies Discuss Darfur and President Bush Appoints Special Envoy,” “Worldwide Events to Mark Global Day for Darfur,” “World Leaders, Celebrities Call for Action on Darfur,” “African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS),” “President Bush Names Special Envoy for Darfur,” “U.N. Resolution Calls for Peacekeeping Troops,” “President Bush Signs Darfur Peace and Accountability Act (DPAA), Issues Executive Order,” “Sudan Agrees “In Principle” to a Stronger Hybrid U.N.-AU Force For Darfur,” “Chad Declares State of Emergency Due to Attacks in Darfur and Eastern Chad,” “Sudanese President Accepts Peacekeeping Package for Darfur, Questions of Size and Strength Remain,” and “Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Khartoum,” wrote a background paper on Darfur and U.S. policy options, entitled “Crisis in Darfur: Options for U.S. Policy.” She also updated the website with news stories.
She spoke at a George Washington University event on genocide, about the role of the United Nations and the ICC in genocide prevention. Other speakers included staff from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the American Islamic Congress, Genocide Intervention Network, and Save Darfur Coalition.
She assisted in planning for CGS’ annual meeting entitled “Building a Bipartisan U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century,” and spoke on Darfur policy options and challenges at an issues training workshop entitled “Peace, Security, and Human Rights” for CGS members and participants. She attended numerous Congressional hearings and policy briefings, including an off-the-record, invitation-only meeting including former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Susan Rice, and former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake on the topic of “How to Stop the Genocide in Darfur.”
Current Activities: Fitzpatrick is a Senior Program Manager for Program Advocacy and Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was previously Advocacy Advisor at Oxfam America, where she managed relationships with ally organizations and grasstops leaders in the western U.S. on Oxfam’s policy and advocacy campaigns. She was previously a Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice, based in Washington, DC, where she advised federal government clients on organizational strategy and strategic change initiatives. She completed her MA in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she focused on public international law, human security, and NGO management. At Fletcher, she was an editor at PRAXIS: The Fletcher Journal of Human Security and a member of Fletcher Global Women. She received the Fletcher Board of Overseers scholarship for the duration of her graduate study and received the DACOR Bacon House Fellowship for her second year. She was previously a Program Officer at American Near East Refugee Aid, where she worked in the West Bank and Gaza on international development and humanitarian relief projects. She attended Middlebury College’s Arabic Language School for an intensive nine-week program in summer 2008. In 2007-2008 she was a Human Rights Advocacy Fellow working with Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. After her fellowship she worked as the Peace and Security Program Coordinator at Citizens for Global Solutions.