Elyssa Spitzer is a policy analyst for the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she focused on developing novel legal theories for protecting and advancing reproductive rights as a Justice Catalyst legal fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights. Spitzer has also helped litigate excessive force cases with the MacArthur Justice Center’s Supreme Court and Appellate Program and served as a clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Presently, Spitzer serves as the senior fellow in law and neuroscience with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior.
Spitzer received her bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.