Law and Policy

My experience as a lawyer and policy advocate ranges from international human rights litigation to progressive urban policy. From 2010 to 2016, I worked at COWS, a national think-and-do tank that develops “high road” policy for U.S. states and cities. I was part of the team at COWS that founded the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange, an online library of model laws for states and cities (later spun off as the State Innovation Exchange). I developed model law drafting projects with law students and law professors, and contributed to the Legislation Law Prof Blog. My work at COWS also involved projects on progressive federalism; the applicability of civil rights laws to state transit policy; on-bill energy efficiency financing; and urban food systems.

More recently, I have provided pro bono legal consulting to a political party challenging state laws that ban fusion voting (and prohibit political candidates from accepting the nomination of multiple parties). Previously, as a human rights lawyer, I worked at Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic on human rights cases brought under the Alien Tort Statute against corporations and state officials. And during a year with Grupo Semillas, a Colombian nonprofit that advocates for food sovereignty, I researched and wrote a report on the impact of genetically-engineered seeds on the rights of indigenous groups in Colombia.