Speaker Profile

Gina Clayton-Johnson

Executive Director & Founder
Essie Justice Group

Gina is the Founder and Executive Director of Essie Justice Group, the nation’s leading advocacy organization of women with incarcerated loved ones. She is also a central architect of the BREATHE Act, the largest piece of federal legislation delivered to Congress by a social movement. She has spent more than 15 years advocating for Black communities as an organizer, attorney, and advocate. As a public defense attorney, she specialized in representing low-income women facing eviction as the result of a family member’s criminal matter. She previously served on the NAACP Board of Directors. She is currently a leader of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, a founding Advisory Council member of the National Bail Out collective, and a leading advocate for bail reform in California. Gina holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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