LaShawn Warren is a public interest attorney with over 25 years of advocacy experience in advancing civil and human rights policy. Most recently she served as executive vice president for government affairs at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund. Warren played an integral role in shaping and driving the strategic direction of The Leadership Conference’s multi-issue civil rights policy agenda among elected officials, advocacy groups, and other vital stakeholders.
Previously, she served as vice president of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress (CAP) where her work focused on the intersection of faith and public policy advocacy.
Prior to CAP, she served as vice president and general counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, where she oversaw the legal, policy, communications, and field programming for the organization’s criminal justice, economic development, and civic engagement pillars. Before this, she worked as vice president of policy development and programming at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Warren also worked as oversight counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary where she was lead counsel for the committee’s investigation into the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights enforcement record.
Before assuming her position with the committee, Warren was legislative counsel for civil rights in the Washington legislative office of the American Civil Liberties Union. She also served as a legislative analyst for the Seattle City Council and was an assistant attorney general for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Warren is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, Howard University School of Law, and Savannah State University and has nonprofit management certification from Georgetown University.