Alan Jenkins is President and Co-Founder of The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab dedicated to the idea that our nation can and should be a place where everyone enjoys full and equal opportunity. Before joining The Opportunity Agenda, Alan was Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, managing grantmaking in the United States and eleven overseas regions. His prior positions include Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the United States government in constitutional and other litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he defended the rights of low-income communities facing exploitation and discrimination.
Alan's other positions have included Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Law Clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Law Clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter, and Coordinator of the Access to Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a frequent commentator in broadcast and print media, including MSNBC, CNN, the New York Times and the Huffington Post.
Alan serves on the AdCouncil’s Advisory Committee on Public Issues and as an Advisor on Poverty to the JBP Foundation. His past Board service includes New York Public Radio, the Center for Community Change, the Legal Action Center, and the Futuro Media Group. He has also served on the Selection Committee for the Sundance Documentary Fund. Alan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Public Engagement, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.