MeganFrenchMarcelin

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Megan French-Marcelin

MeganFrenchMarcelin
Campaign Director, Criminal Justice and Democracy
Color of Change
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Megan French-Marcelin, PhD serves as a Campaign Director in Criminal Justice and Democracy at Color of Change where oversees a portfolio that includes decarceration, pretrial reform, prosecutor accountability, and fighting voter suppression. Previously, Megan created and led JustLeadershipUSA’s WORKINGfuture Campaign, a campaign that seeks to dismantle barriers that amount to perpetual punishment for people with conviction records through state legislation and culture-shifting public education. Megan also served as the ACLU's Policy Research Manager, where she spearheaded the organization's national reentry work, managing partnerships with corporations and workforce development agencies seeking to implement comprehensive fair hiring policies. She worked with grassroots organizations in several states to draft legislation on mental health diversion, occupational licensing, ban-the-box, and voting rights. Her analysis of legislative history was instrumental to enactment of new legislation spearheaded by VOTE-LA that restores voting rights to nearly 70,000 Louisianans on probation and parole. Megan is the author of several reports and scholarly articles, including “Doing Business New Orleans Style: Racial Progressivism and the Rise of a Neoliberal Politic (2020, NYU Press), "Bullies in Blue: Origins and Consequences of School Policing (2016)" and "”If You Blight It They Will Come" (nonsite, 2016). She has worked with advocates across the country on issues ranging from alternatives to incarceration to juvenile justice and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.