Julie Fernandes is a visiting senior fellow with Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative and 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. She also worked as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration and as special assistant for Domestic Policy to President Bill Clinton. In addition, Ms. Fernandes served as the senior counsel and senior policy analyst at the Leadership Conference for Civil & Human Rights, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations. 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. Regarding her education, 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.