Maya Harris

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Maya Harris is Vice President for Peace & Social Justice at the Ford Foundation. She was named to that position in June 2008. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, she served as the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. Before joining the ACLU, the former law school dean (Lincoln Law School of San Jose) was a Senior Associate at PolicyLink. She has authored two publications, which include; a report highlighting community-centered policing practices nationwide and an advocacy manual for police reform.

In her role as the head of the largest affiliate office of the ACLU, Harris directs and coordinates litigation, media relations, lobbying, and grassroots organizing work. "The Project's priorities are eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system and achieving educational equity in California public schools."

Maya Harris served as a law professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She also taught contract law at New College School of Law and Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Ms. Harris grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. That year, she enrolled in Stanford Law School. While at Stanford, she was active...
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