Kit Bigelow

Kit is a mentor, advisor and intuitive consultant to individuals and organizations. She enjoyed a career in human rights and nonprofit management for more than 25 years in Washington, D.C. She incorporates decades of study of various interdependent forces- spiritual, metaphysical, historic, political, social, scientific and economic- into her vocation and services.

She was director of external affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the U.S. for twenty-five years, where she represented the National Assembly in the promotion and protection of human rights, including religious freedom, the advancement of the rights of women, U.S. ratification of UN human rights treaties, and the elimination of racism. She advocated on these issues, often with other nongovernmental organizations, at the White House, the State Department, the Congress, the United Nations, and in the media.

Kit serves on the advisory boards of the Religious Freedom Institute, the FORB Women’s Alliance, and the National Museum of American Religion. In 2018, she was on a panel on “International Religious Freedom and Women’s Rights” at the first State Department Ministerial on International Religious Freedom. She serves also on the advisory board of the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership of the Institute for Global Engagement.

Kit has specialized in government relations, international affairs, issue advocacy and campaigns, network/coalition building and leadership, and related strategic communications challenges. She had overall management responsibility for the functioning of the Washington-based Office of External Affairs (now known as the Office of Public Affairs), as well as oversight of the New York Office of the U.S. Bahá’í Representative to the UN; and the U.S. Bahá’í Refugee Office, and U.S. Office of Public Information, until their integration into other agencies of the National Spiritual Assembly.

She was responsible for informing the U.S. government and U.S. national news media about the persecution of the Bahá’í communities in Iran and other Muslim countries. She testified in numerous hearings and briefings before Congress on the oppression of the Bahá’ís in Iran and in Egypt, as well as other religious freedom issues.

For eight years, she was the co-chair of the national Working Group for U.S. Ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She was actively involved in U.S. ratification of the UN Genocide Convention, the Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention Against Racial Discrimination.

She was the representative for the Bahá’ís of the U.S. at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. In March 2000, she served as a public sector adviser on the U.S. government delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Under the auspices of the Armenian Government, she served as an international election monitor during its September 1991 referendum for independence from the Soviet Union.

For twenty years, she served on the executive committee, the Women in International Law Interest Group, of the American Society of International Law, during which time she was its co-chair for three years. She is also a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and of the Women in International Security.

She was a founder and treasurer of the board of directors of U.S. Women Connect, which implemented the UN Fourth World Conference on Women Platform for Action and the U.S. Women’s National Action Agenda. She was also co-founder and co-chair of the Washington-based Working Group on the Human Rights of Women. She has served on the board of directors of Citizens for Global Solutions, as well as on the board of directors of WATEO, the Women and Environment Organization, operating in Iraq.

Kit received the 2014 InterFaith Bridge Builders’ Award from the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. In 2011, she received the National Award from the International Religious Liberty Association. She has spoken and published on human rights, religious freedom, international law, and the UN system, including at Harvard University and Law School, the University of Notre Dame, American University and Miami University. Her article, “A Campaign to Deter Genocide: The Bahá’í Experience,” was published in Genocide Watch by Yale University Press.

She received her degree at Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds an MBA in international business from Georgetown University. Before her work for the National Spiritual Assembly, she held professional positions in both the public and private sectors in financial management and economic development.