Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman

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Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman NYC 2012.jpg
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman in New York City, 2012
Born (1981-11-14) 14 November 1981 (age 39)
Brisbane, Australia
Alma materDuke University

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman (born 14 November 1981) is an Australian-American activist. She is the founder and was the executive director until 2016 of corporate watchdog SumOfUs. In March 2012, she and her group were active critics of working conditions at Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of DePauw University professors, former Georgetown basketball player Bruce Stinebrickner and author Kelsey Kauffman, the granddaughter of Rear Admiral Draper Kauffman and great granddaughter of Vice Admiral James L. Kauffman.[3][4] She was raised in Greencastle, Indiana.[5]

Stinebrickner-Kauffman graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in mathematics from Duke University in 2004.[6]


Before founding SumOfUs Stinebrickner-Kauffman was part of the environmental advocacy movement for years and fought for strong climate legislation global agreements, supported the labor movement. She worked with and for groups such as Avaaz.org, the Alliance for Climate Protection, and the AFL-CIO.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Stinebrickner-Kauffman was the partner of Internet activist Aaron Swartz until his death.[8] In 2011, Swartz was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and, facing the risk of 50 years imprisonment and a million dollars in fines if he exercised his Sixth Amendment right to a public trial and was convicted, he died by suicide in 2013. She discovered his body.[9]


  1. ^ Inside Apple: Changes Made at Foxconn. ABC News. 29 March 2012. Event occurs at 7m30s. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012.
  2. ^ Stern, Joanna (29 March 2012). "Apple Foxconn Investigation: Serious Worker Rights Issues Reported, Major Changes For Chinese Workers Promised". ABC News.
  3. ^ "Kelsey Kauffman". Amazon.com. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman is Aaron Swartz's Girlfriend who found him". ShowBizDaily. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  5. ^ Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award, Georgetown University Scholar-Athlete Award. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Crain Lecture Series Welcomes Pollster Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman", Depauw University, 26 November 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman". Social Transformation Project.
  8. ^ Peltz, Jennifer (19 January 2013), "Hundreds honor information activist Swartz", Associated Press, USA Today. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
  9. ^ MIT Concludes It Did Nothing Improper In Case Of Internet Activist's Aaron Swartz's Suicide — Swartz's Girlfriend Calls 'BS', Business Insider, Alyson Shontell, July 30, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2020.