Alicia Bannon is the managing director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, where her work focuses on promoting a fair judicial system and an inclusive democracy. She manages the Brennan Center’s projects on fair courts and redistricting, overseeing teams of lawyers and researchers engaged in policy advocacy, litigation, legislative campaigns, and research and analysis. She is an experienced constitutional lawyer and an expert on court reform, access to justice in the legal system, electoral redistricting, and fair representation in government.
Bannon is the author of numerous nationally recognized reports and pieces of legal scholarship, and she regularly writes and comments for media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic, MSNBC, NPR, and NowThis. She has provided testimony, briefings, and policy advice to lawmakers across the country and taught as an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law and Seton Hall Law School.
Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Bannon was a John J. Gibbons Fellow in public interest and constitutional law at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, New Jersey, where she litigated a wide range of civil rights cases. Bannon was also previously a Liman Fellow and counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program.
Bannon clerked for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Kimba M. Wood in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her JD from Yale Law School and graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude with a degree in social studies. Prior to law school, Bannon worked in Kenya and Uganda, managing impact evaluations of education and health interventions, and at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC.