Nancy Northup is the President of The Center for Reproductive Rights,  in New York City. The Center is a reproductive rights organization that uses constitutional and international law to secure women's reproductive freedom including abortion rights in over 45 countries. 
Ms. Northup was born in Kokomo, Indiana and grew up in New York, Texas, and California. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1981 and Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She lives in New York City.
Ms. Northup was the founding director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. From 1989 to 1996, she served as a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Ms. Northup holds adjunct appointments at NYU Law School and Columbia Law School where she has taught courses in constitutional and human rights law.
- "Center for Reproductive Rights". Reproductiverights.org. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-06-11.