Christina Mathieson Hughes

Title: Executive Director
Company: The National Habeas Institute
Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Christina Mathieson Hughes, Executive Director of the National Habeas Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit management.

Ms. Hughes is an attorney and educator who has been dedicated to expanding understanding and application of the writ of habeas corpus since 2018 as executive director of the National Habeas Institute. Her journey began in 2002 after earning a Bachelor of Engineering in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. Initially passionate about the subject, once Ms. Hughes began working in a laboratory, she quickly recognized that her dreams lay elsewhere, and returned to Emory University to continue her studies. Ms. Hughes completed both a Master of Theological Science from Emory’s Candler School of Theology and her Juris Doctor in 2007 and was admitted to practice the same year.

Ms. Hughes recalls that her primary motivation to study law was to help others in ways that they may not be able to help themselves, and she credits her early academic and professional mentors for supporting and encouraging her goal to specialize in humanitarian work. In 2008, she became a staff attorney for the Georgia Resource Center, departing in 2012 to work independently as a partner of Hughes & Hughes, LLC, where she spent the next four years. After two years as a staff attorney for the American Bar Association, Ms. Hughes moved into her current role as executive director of the National Habeas Institute, overseeing fundraising, marketing, and programming direction in addition to supervising the organization’s ongoing legal cases.

In addition to her work for the National Habeas Institute, Ms. Hughes has spent more than 150 hours on pro bono and capital defense work, notably leading the appeals team that reversed a death sentence for a client with debilitating mental illness, and has been sworn in to practice in three U.S. states, several federal circuit courts and before the United States Supreme Court. Since 2019, Ms. Hughes has also been adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center. She credits her success to the support of her friends, family, and professional mentors, and to doing everything in life with philosophical thought and reason.

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