Alan Jenkins, Co-Founder, Executive Director

Alan Jenkins is Executive Director of The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity in America. 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 Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, Law Clerk to 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 Board of Trustees of New York Public Radio, on the Board of Governors of the New School for Public Engagement, and as an Advisor to the JBP Foundation.  He is a Founding Co-Chair of the American Constitution Society's Project on the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century. Alan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.

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