Keesha Gaskins was Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program. Ms. Gaskins is a long-time organizer, lobbyist and an experienced trial attorney. Ms. Gaskins was the Director of the Redistricting and Representation Program at Brennan Center. Her portfolio also included Voting Rights and Elections with a particular focus on voter suppression issues. Ms. Gaskins is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues related to women and politics, movement building and democratic reform – with an emphasis on redistricting reform.
Prior to joining the Brennan Center for Justice, Ms. Gaskins was Executive Director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota where she worked on a wide range of voting rights and civil rights issues. Ms. Gaskins holds a joint degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law. Following law school, Ms. Gaskins served as a shared judicial clerk for the Honorable Alan Page and Honorable Joan Ericksen for the Minnesota Supreme Court. She worked for a number of years as a trial attorney, most notably with the firm Bowman and Brooke, LLC. Ms. Gaskins was a 2008 Feminist Leadership Fellow with the University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs - Center on Women and Public Policy. She is a frequent commentator on voting rights and redistricting reform and regularly appears on numerous news and public affairs programming including past appearances on PBS’s NewsHour, MSNBC and Bill Moyers.
Selected Public Appearances
The Politics of Voter Suppression, The Century Foundation (9/13/12)
Redistricting and Changing Demographics, Stanford University Law School (1/18/12)
Speaking at the Movement Building Session, Headwaters Foundation for Justice (10/12/10)