Michael Otterman is an author and communications expert based in New York City. He is currently Executive Director of the Bernard & Sandra Otterman Foundation, a family foundation supporting educational initiatives to foster sustainable peace, justice and coexistence in the Middle East. In addition to his experience in development and human rights, he currently serves on several prestigious boards, including The University of the Middle East Project and the City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. His specialties include:
Publicly Advocating for Equal Rights & Justice
Michael Otterman is the author of two books— American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (2007) and Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage (2010). His speaking engagements span the globe and have been sponsored by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Citizens for Global Solutions, and Intersections International, among other organizations. Michael has appeared as a guest on BBC World, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, and ABC Australia, while his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, and New Matilda, among other outlets. He is also a featured scholar in Brown University’s Choices Program. Click here for more information about Michael’s two books. For a list of his previous media appearances, click here. And for a list of previous speaking events, click here and here.
Leveraging Social Media for Social GoodThroughout his career, Michael has harnessed the power of social media and the blogosphere to affect change. From 2007 – 2010, Michael’s AmericanTorture.com was a leading clearinghouse of news, source material, and criticism of US torture policy—a site, according to Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan, “dedicated to covering the issue with the urgency and timeliness it demands.” In 2010, Michael joined Catalyst and launched Catalyzing, Catalyst’s award-winning blog, and served as Catalyst’s Social Media Manager. In 2012, he co-created Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), the only online community for men committed to equality in the workplace. From 2013 – 2015 he served as Communications Director of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, overseeing all internal and external communications.