Ghada Saliba-Malouf – 2017 Gender Justice Honoree
Equal Rights Advocates proudly recognizes long-time supporter and former board chair Ghada Saliba-Malouf as a 2017 Gender Justice Honoree. This award is given each year to civil rights champions who have contributed to the movement for gender equality, and whose support and partnership have made ERA stronger.
“We are thrilled to honor Ghada Saliba-Malouf as a Gender Justice Honoree. She is one of the most cherished leaders in the movement and legal profession who brings grace, passion, and an impressive intellect to all her endeavors,” said ERA executive director Noreen Farrell.
Ghada Saliba-Malouf is Senior Vice President & Managing Counsel in the Law Department at Wells Fargo Bank. She is based in San Francisco and leads a team of attorneys that provide legal counsel and advice to the Investment & Fiduciary Services business line of the Wealth, Brokerage and Retirement division at Wells Fargo. Throughout her tenure at Wells Fargo, Ghada has been a leader on issues involving team member development, diversity and inclusion, and the mentorship of young women. Ghada currently chairs the Department’s Talent Management Committee. Previously, Ghada served as the Executive Advisor of the Middle East Team Member Network, was a member of the Wells Fargo Enterprise Diversity Council, and co-chaired the Law Department inaugural Diversity Council. Her involvement in the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives earned Ghada the General Counsel’s Award for Diversity in 2012.
In the San Francisco community, Ghada has been active in various civic and community organizations. Ghada recently concluded six years of service on the Board of Directors ERA. She was board chair from 2013 to 2016 and played a significant role in the organization’s Finance and Development committees, as well as the organization’s 40th Anniversary Campaign. Ghada, an immigrant from Lebanon, was recently featured in an ERA blog celebrating immigrant women on International Women’s Day. Ghada also serves on the Advisory Board of the Arab Film Festival.
Previously, Ghada served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission for eight consecutive years. She was originally appointed by Mayor Frank Jordan in 1995 and re-appointed by Mayor Willie L. Brown in 1996. She was Chair of the Commission from 1999-2003. Her work on the Commission involved the initiation of a legislative agenda which promoted a number of civil rights initiatives including the city’s Minority, Women and Local Business Enterprise Ordinance.
Ghada received her BA in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her JD from Golden Gate University. In 2016, Ghada was named Alumni of the Year by Golden Gate University. She resides in San Mateo with her husband and daughter.
“As an immigrant, I am passionate about ERA’s advocacy on behalf of immigrant women, girls, and their families, remedying the wrongs that befall them and allowing them access to legal services when they suffer injustice,” said Ghada. “For me, organizations like ERA are a great equalizer in a democratic society’s path to opportunity, opening doors and paving the way for access and economic security.”
This award will be given on June 14, 2017 at ERA’s annual gala luncheon.
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