Carol Leslie Hamilton,
is the U.S. National Commissioner for UNESCO. In 2014, she was appointed by President Obama as the United States Alternative Representative at the United Nations. Ms. Hamilton recently served as Dean of Institutional Development at Santa Monica College, where she worked with college personnel to devise plans of action for establishing and enhancing college programs and policy formulation in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. To serve the Santa Monica College student population and initiatives related to their success, she develops resources by building and fostering relations with foundations, governmental entities and potential funding sources.
Before accepting the position at Santa Monica College, Ms. Hamilton was the Director of Development at the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University and, preceding that, the Vice President of RKO Productions where she supervised the legal and business affairs department and created and supervised an intellectual property protection program to safeguard RKO's rights and assets.
Prior to RKO, she enjoyed a career as a litigator, specializing in plaintiffs’ insurance bad faith. The lead attorney on several cases against insurance companies, she obtained multi- million dollar verdicts and settlements and successfully represented California taxpayers in a case against the state’s Department of Insurance which resulted in substantial changes in their handling of consumer complaints and investigations of insurance companies.
Early in her career, Ms. Hamilton co-founded the Legal Clinic for Battered Women, the first legal clinic for victims of domestic abuse in the United States. Active in the Tibet human rights movement, she was a founding director and officer of the Tibet Justice Committee, The United States Tibetan Resettlement Project and Los Angeles Friends of Tibet. She lobbied Congress to provide one thousand visas for Tibetan refugees as a part of the Immigration Act of 1990 and helped organize the resettlement of 1,000 Tibetan immigrants in several different states including California.
Ms. Hamilton is the co-author of a book and several articles on insurance bad faith and has lectured extensively on the subjects of trial tactics, insurance bad faith and international human rights issues. She has been a guest lecturer on the subject of US foreign policy and human rights in Tibet at the Harvard Law School, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and Amnesty International.
Ms. Hamilton graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin where she was voted Outstanding Junior Woman. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law where, among other accomplishments, she was selected to argue before Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and to serve on the Constitutional Law Quarterly.