Senior Legal Advisor, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Aaron Schwid is an international human rights attorney, specializing in foreign law and public health. Aaron currently serves as the Senior Legal Advisor for the Bloomberg Global Health Advocacy Incubator. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Advocacy Incubator provides training, mentoring, strategic planning, and technical assistance in public health advocacy to groups working on Bloomberg Philanthropiesâ€™ growing number of public health projects around the world, including road safety, obesity prevention, tobacco control, and data for health. In this role, Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing legislative, regulatory, and litigation strategies as an integrated part of the overall advocacy strategy for policy change. Since 2010, Aaron has been involved in international tobacco control policy as legal advisor to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. At CTFK, he oversaw the legislative and litigation strategy in several priority countries, including Russia, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Pakistan, and Turkey. Each of these countries enacted and implemented comprehensive tobacco control laws during his tenure. Aaron has served as an official NGO delegate at negotiations for the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products. He also helped to develop and maintain an online resource for tobacco control laws and litigation: tobacccocontrollaws.org. Aaron has worked in more than 40 countries around the world. He received a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University. He is licensed to practice law in Washington DC and California (inactive).