Alan Jenkins (Opportunity Agenda)

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"Alan Jenkins is Executive Director of the Opportunity Agenda, a non-partisan think tank and advocacy organization with the mission of advancing opportunity and human rights in the United States. Before joining OA, Jenkins worked at the Ford Foundation, where he served as Director of Human Rights, Deputy Director for Human Rights and International Cooperation, and Program Officer for Racial Justice. Previously, Jenkins was 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. Prior to that, he was Associate Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where he defended the rights of low-income communities suffering from exploitation and discrimination. Jenkins serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Community Change and the Legal Action Center, and is a Co-Chair of the American Constitution Society's Project on the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a Master's degree in Media Studies from New School University, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College." [1]

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  1. Advisory Board, Breakthrough, accessed January 10, 2011.