Expertise: Civil rights, criminal justice, race and ethnicity, voting

Danyelle Solomon is the Director of Progress 2050 at American Progress. Previously, she served as policy counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Washington, D.C., office, where she focused primarily on criminal justice issues, including sentencing reform, corrections reform, policing reform, commutations and pardons, and racial disparities in the justice system. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Solomon served as legislative counsel at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy within the Office of Legislative Affairs, where she focused on federal drug policy. Solomon also served as counsel to Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. Solomon was responsible for a wide array of policy issues, including sentencing reform, juvenile justice reform, civil rights, and executive branch nominations; she also served as the principal counsel to Sen. Cardin during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Solomon has been published in The Hill, written congressional testimony, and is the co-author of “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Jails: Recommendations for Local Practice,” published by the Brennan Center in 2015.

Solomon obtained her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in political science.

By Danyelle Solomon
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Maximizing the Power of Women of ColorCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2016
Time to Fix Our Failing Criminal-Justice SystemReal Clear PolicyOctober 20, 2016
Voter Suppression Is Real: Americans Must Remain VigilantCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2016
The Intersection of Policing and RaceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2016
The Need for a Reflective Judiciary Demands a Return to Normal OrderCenter for American ProgressJuly 15, 2016
Women of color, flex our Florida muscle for smart policies, smart politicsOrlando SentinelJuly 14, 2016
It’s Time for Honest, Thorough Conversation About Policing and Race in AmericaInsideSourcesJuly 13, 2016
The Ongoing Battle to Protect the Precious Right to VoteCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2016
Healthcare for All: The Unfinished Business of a NationState of Black AmericaMay 17, 2016
Voting rights for allThe Baltimore SunApril 22, 2016
Lessons from Flint: The Case for Investing in the Building Blocks of Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2016
Protecting America from Racism in the WaterCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2016
In State of the Union, Obama Addresses All of ‘We the People’InsideSourcesJanuary 13, 2016