Kirsten D. Levingston

Former Director, Public Initiatives

Ms. Levingston joined the Brennan Center in the fall of 2000 to create and direct its Criminal Justice Program. Leading the implementation of the newly launched program, Ms. Levingston developed initiatives to influence the way citizens and decision makers understand, talk about, and make choices regarding criminal justice policy and practice.

Ms. Levingston directed the National Defender Leadership Project at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, where she designed training, produced publications, and fostered discussion, with the aim of helping defender managers take on active and creative roles as system leaders. As an Associate at a Washington, D.C. based firm, she handled civil and criminal litigation, including trial work and appeals in State and Federal Court.

Ms. Levingston earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1990 and her B.A. from University of Southern California in 1987.