Dr. Ludy Green is one of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children. She speaks regularly in national and international venues on the importance of financial autonomy in breaking the abusive patterns that hold captive victims of violence and human trafficking, and she is a contributing writer on women’s issues for the Huffington Post.

The methodology pioneered by Dr. Green has been validated by the work of the non-profit organization she founded in 2001, Second Chance Employment Services. Second Chance’s innovative program has been uniquely successful in helping hundreds of survivors attain lifelong freedom from domestic violence and human trafficking through financial and emotional independence.

Under Dr. Green’s direction, Second Chance Employment Services was a driving force behind passage in March 2013 of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Act, first passed in1994, and reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013, was the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Last year’s renewal included a landmark provision advocated by Dr. Green to allocate federal funds for organizations that provide employment services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Dr. Green is now leading an effort to pass the International Violence Against Women Act to prevent gender-based violence on a global scale.

Fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German, Dr. Green has a B.S. in International Finance; she earned her M.A. in Human Resources Management and Ph.D. in Industrial Organization Psychology from George Washington University. She graduated from the Leadership Washington Program in 2003, and Finance for Senior Executives at Harvard University in 2010. She is a long-standing member of the Society of Human Resources Management; the International Women Forum (“IWF”); and the Women’s Forum of New York and Washington, DC.

Dr. Green resides in Washington, DC with her husband Joseph S. Green III and their daughter Megan.


  • Advisor and Member, Council for the Citizens Advisory Committee on English as a Second Language, Virginia
  • United States Appointed Delegate to Jordan and Syria
  • United States Appointed Delegate to the Global Summit of Women, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • United States Appointed Delegate to the Global Summit of Women, Santiago, Chile
  • Advisory Board Member, enterprising Women Magazine
  • Appointed Delegate to the Forum, Gender, Governance, and Economic Empowerment in the Americas, at The United Nations Institute for Training and Research
  • Appointee, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women
  • Panel Member, U.S. Surgeon General’s Workshop on Women’s Mental Health
  • Member, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
  • Member, Board of Economic Development, Washington DC
  • Member, Alexandria Commission on Employment
  • Member, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Virginia Public Affairs Group Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Family and Children Trust Fund of Virginia
  • Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women, Arlington County, Virginia
  • Member, Policy Committee, Mothers at Home
  • Reviewer, Department of Health and Human Services Grant Review Panel