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Amanda Alexander

Founding Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center; Senior Research Scholar, University of Michigan School of Law

Amanda Alexander is the founding Executive Director of the Detroit Justice Center, a non-profit law firm working alongside communities to create economic opportunities, transform the justice system, and promote equitable and just cities. Originally from Michigan, Amanda has worked at the intersection of racial justice and community development in Detroit, New York, and South Africa for 15 years. She is an Echoing Green Fellow, Soros Justice Fellow, and 2018 Law for Black Lives Legal Innovator Fellow.

Amanda is a Senior Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School and a 2015-2018 member of the Michigan Society of Fellows. Previously, Amanda founded and directed the Prison & Family Justice Project at Michigan Law to provide legal representation to incarcerated parents and advocate for families divided by the prison and foster care systems.

Amanda received her JD from Yale Law School, her PhD in international history from Columbia University, and her BA, ​magna cum laude​, from Harvard College.