Jonathan Brater serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. His work focuses on voting rights and elections. In this capacity, Mr. Brater has worked on litigation to block enforcement of restrictive state voting laws, prevent unlawful purges, and ensure fair districts. Mr. Brater has contributed to publications and advocacy in these areas of policy in addition to the Brennan Center’s efforts to modernize voter registration.
Mr. Brater has testified before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration and he has appeared in numerous media publications, including the Boston Review and Huffington Post.
From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Brater worked on the staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States Congress. As a legislative analyst, he conducted research and drafted documents for the Chairman of the Committee on issues of substantive policy and legislative process.
Mr. Brater graduated cum laude from Michigan Law School in 2011. There, he served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Law Review and Chair of the Michigan Election Law Project, a student organization focused on voting rights and election law.
Mr. Brater received a B.A. from Columbia University with a major in classics.