Fellow’s Biographies

Ford Foundation Fellowship in Nonprofit Law

2021 Fellows

Juan J. Martinez-Hill

The first Ford Foundation Fellowship in Nonprofit Law was awarded to Juan J. Martinez-Hill. Juan graduated from New York University School of Law in 2020. While at NYU Law, Juan was a Root-Tilden Kern Scholar, a Staff Editor for the Review of Law and Social Change, worked extensively with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, and served as Co-President of the Latinx Law Student Association. During law school, Juan worked as a Peggy Browning Employment Law Fellow at Make the Road New York and a Summer Law Clerk with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante in Mexico City. Since graduating from law school, Juan received the Clifford Chance Foundation Fellowship in Nonprofit Law to work at the Vera Institute of Justice, Inc. where he produced reports on expanding access to postsecondary education for incarcerated students. Prior to law school, Juan worked as a paralegal with the New York Legal Assistance Group, an immigrant rights organizer with the United Farm Workers Foundation, and received bachelors’ degrees in philosophy and political science from Brown University. 

Beenish Riaz

The first Ford Foundation Fellowship in Nonprofit Law was awarded to Beenish Riaz. Beenish graduated from New York University School of Law in 2020 and was elected to the Order of the Coif upon her graduation. While at NYU Law, she was a student advocate at the Global Justice Clinic, an Institute of International Law and Justice Scholar, an International Law and Human Rights fellow and the Book Annotations editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. She served as a teacher’s assistant, a research assistant and published several articles. After graduating from law school, she was granted the Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellowship to work at the Aurat Foundation in Pakistan. Beenish graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College with a B.A. Political Science and English.