We specialize in human rights issues and bring a depth of expertise to strategic philanthropy. Our aim is to guide and connect emerging and established philanthropists with thought leaders and change agents making an impactful difference in the human rights space. We counsel and connect our clients by offering a “concierge” of services, linking donors to relevant resources and helping to navigate the human rights landscape.
Darian Weltman Swig
Founder and President
Darian Weltman Swig is deeply engaged in the field of international human rights and the discipline of strategic philanthropy. Darian’s life experience has been shaped by extensive global travel with NGO led missions to refugee camps, migrant centers, landmine/de-mining fields and clinics, post man-made and natural disaster crises locations, as well as post-genocide reconciliation and reintegration facilities and communities. Darian dedicates her time and resources – personally and professionally – to promoting universal human rights and in doing so, has helped to build a robust human rights ecosystem among philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Article 3 Advisors, a not-for-profit consultancy focused on human rights philanthropy, is the culmination of Darian’s extensive experience in human rights related causes and projects. Darian believes that effective philanthropy has the potential to narrow the gap between pressing humanitarian needs and government responses to those needs, thereby increasing human dignity.
Prior to A3A, Darian worked for over a decade in the field of international protocol and consular corps relations, specializing in dignitary coordination and head of state visits. Darian has developed a personal and professional perspective on the importance of strengthening diplomacy, fostering cultural understanding and prioritizing peace-building measures as a means to realizing human security and sustainable peace.
Darian currently serves on the International Board of Human Rights Watch and The Philanthropy Workshop (founding board member). She also serves on the advisory boards of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, the Human Rights Center at the University of California, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Global Witness, is the chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Human Rights Watch and sits on their Africa Advisory Committee. In addition, she is a member of International Human Rights Funders Group, Global Philanthropy Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and The Philanthropy Workshop Alumni. Darian is a past trustee of the World Affairs Council, Commonwealth Club, USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), past board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights, and a founding board member of Genocide Intervention Network. She has also served as the Human Rights Watch Voices for Justice San Francisco dinner chair for seven years.
Darian holds dual master’s degrees in Political Science and International Area studies from the University of California at Berkeley, Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, with an emphasis on human rights and mass atrocity crimes. She is also an early and ardent supporter of advancing the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) framework.
Born in Germany, Darian resides in San Francisco, California with her husband, Rick Swig.
Chief Solutions Officer
David Keller is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Additionally he earned an AS degree in Electrical Engineering from Mission College. He worked in a variety of industries including medical services, heavy manufacturing and social services, before settling into a career in high-tech in Silicon Valley. He worked at increasing levels of responsibilities at ROLM Corporation from 1979-1989 and at Cisco Systems from 1989-2002. His work experiences included manufacturing management, process and systems engineering, product development and strategic development.
Since 2002, David has been an independent business consultant with a focus on product development methodology and business and organizational development and strategy. David offers his time, experience and financial support to a number of organizations including Human Rights Watch and The Philanthropy Workshop. Additionally, David now works with Article 3 Advisors as a human rights focused philanthropic advisor.
David established a family foundation in 2002 and since that time has been actively engaged in philanthropy. While recognizing that there are no easy answers and more then one approach – human rights, as the cornerstone of peace and justice as well as political, social and economic development has emerged as our focus.
Research and Project Associate
Passionate about human rights, Caitlin Heising joined Article 3 Advisors in October 2015 as research and project associate. Her role includes research and writing, project management, event coordination, and communications. Caitlin is also a 2016 Research Fellow at Institute for the Future, where she collaborates on research projects exploring the future of philanthropy.
Caitlin graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a focus in politics, culture, and identity. Upon graduating, she worked at Brunswick Group, an international corporate communications partnership that helps businesses and other organizations address critical communications challenges. In 2014 she joined the board of the Heising-Simons Foundation, where she is developing an emerging program in human rights and criminal justice reform.
Caitlin is active in "next gen" philanthropy as co-founder/co-chair of the Human Rights Watch Young Professionals Network and as a member of Spark and Nexus. As a founding member of Maverick Collective, a new initiative with Population Services International to improve the health and rights of women and girls around the world, she focuses on giving teen moms in Nicaragua contraceptive choices to decide their futures.
Caitlin serves on the board of the Nick Simons Foundation, which works to improve health and medical care in Nepal, especially for rural and remote populations. She is also on the executive committee of the Human Rights Watch San Francisco Committee and the Bay Area board of Peer Health Exchange. Caitlin is a member of The Philanthropy Workshop, a leader in ongoing strategic philanthropy education and networking.