Kira Shepherd has been a racial justice advocate for over twenty years and has focused on criminal justice reform throughout her career. She currently serves as the Racial Justice Director at Columbia Law School’s Law, Rights, and Religion Project. Before joining Columbia, she was the Executive Director and Director of Campaigns at The Black Institute (TBI), an action think tank, where she led advocacy work in the areas of criminal justice, immigration, and economic justice. Prior to TBI, Kira worked on criminal justice and corporate accountability campaigns at ColorOfChange. She also worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Pubic Policy Center. Kira earned her JD from Rutgers Law School, Newark.