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Julie Fernandes

LFA Board Member

Julie Fernandes is the Associate Director for Institutional Accountability and Individual Liberty at the Rockefeller Family Fund. Prior to joining the Fund, she served as Advocacy Director for Voting Rights and Democracy at the Open Society Foundations, as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in the Obama administration and as Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President Bill Clinton.


From 2002 to 2008, Ms. Fernandes was the Senior Counsel and Senior Policy Analyst at the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights, where she led federal advocacy efforts on a variety of issues, including the work to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act in 2006. Ms. Fernandes has testified before Congress on voting rights issues and has authored several research reports and magazine pieces primarily in the areas of voting rights and criminal justice reform.


Ms. Fernandes received both her J.D. and A.B. degrees from the University of Chicago and clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.