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Expertise: Civil rights, criminal justice, race and ethnicity, voting

Danyelle Solomon is the vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at American Progress. Previously, she served as policy counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice’s Washington, D.C., office, where she focused primarily on criminal justice issues, including sentencing reform, corrections reform, policing reform, commutations and pardons, and racial disparities in the justice system. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Solomon served as legislative counsel at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy within the Office of Legislative Affairs, where she focused on federal drug policy. Solomon also served as counsel to Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. Solomon was responsible for a wide array of policy issues, including sentencing reform, juvenile justice reform, civil rights, and executive branch nominations; she also served as the principal counsel to Sen. Cardin during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Solomon has been published in The Hill, written congressional testimony, and is the co-author of “Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Jails: Recommendations for Local Practice,” published by the Brennan Center in 2015.

Solomon obtained her J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in political science.

By Danyelle Solomon
Redesigning Federal Funding of Research and DevelopmentCenter for American ProgressAugust 18, 2020
A Blueprint for Revamping the Minority Business Development AgencyCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2020
The COVID-19 Response in Indian CountryCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2020
Racism and Inequality in the Face of COVID-19: Viruses Don’t Discriminate, But We DoThe Century FoundationJune 16, 2020
In Expanding Vote by Mail, States Must Maintain In-Person Voting Options During the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2020
The Economic Fallout of the Coronavirus for People of ColorCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2020
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Fueling Fear and Hate Across AmericaCenter for American ProgressMarch 30, 2020
The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Racial Wealth GapCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2020
Public Health Requires an Extraordinarily Aggressive Economic Response to Coronavirus Immediately—One That’s Larger Than What Many ImagineCenter for American ProgressMarch 17, 2020
Women of Color: A Collective Powerhouse in the U.S. ElectorateCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2019
Systemic Inequality: Displacement, Exclusion, and SegregationCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2019
Truth and ReconciliationCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2019
Systematic Inequality and Economic OpportunityCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2019
Simulating How Progressive Proposals Affect the Racial Wealth GapCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2019
Systematic Inequality and American DemocracyCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2019
Why Are White Nationalists So Fond of President Trump?RealClearPolicyApril 9, 2019
Expanding the Authority of State Attorneys General to Combat Police MisconductCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2018
When a Job Is Not EnoughCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2018
25 Ways Sessions and His Justice Department Criminalized and Terrorized Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2018
Phenomenal Women: On the Transformative Power of Black WomenThe RootAugust 23, 2018
Combating Hate and White Nationalism in the Digital WorldCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2018
Mass Incarceration, Stress, and Black Infant MortalityCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2018
Latinas Leveraging Their Power in the ResistanceCenter for American ProgressMay 24, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Confronting the Racist Past of National GeographicCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2018
Racism: The Evergreen Toxin Killing Black Mothers and InfantsCenter for American ProgressApril 18, 2018
Reflect: 50 Years Since the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Center for American ProgressApril 6, 2018
Systematic InequalityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2018
52 Harms in 52 WeeksCenter for American ProgressJanuary 10, 2018
‘We Are Resilient’: The Power of the Black CommunityCenter for American ProgressDecember 18, 2017
4 Ways Repealing the Estate Tax Would Expand the Racial Wealth GapCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2017
The Power and Persistence of Black LegislatorsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2017
Black Journalists Are Critical to Our DemocracyCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2017
The Right Way to ‘Send in the Feds’Center for American ProgressJune 19, 2017
Suppression: A Common Thread in American DemocracyCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2017
Substance Use Disorder Is a Public Health Issue, Not a Criminal Justice IssueCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2017
The Trump Budget Neglects Basic Protections and Funds a Deportation Force InsteadCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
Communities of Color Cannot Afford a Weakened CFPBCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2017
The Negative Consequences of Entangling Local Policing and Immigration EnforcementCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2017
Beyond ‘Law and Order’Center for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2017
Maximizing the Power of Women of ColorCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2016
Time to Fix Our Failing Criminal-Justice SystemReal Clear PolicyOctober 20, 2016
Voter Suppression Is Real: Americans Must Remain VigilantCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2016
The Intersection of Policing and RaceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2016
The Need for a Reflective Judiciary Demands a Return to Normal OrderCenter for American ProgressJuly 15, 2016
Women of color, flex our Florida muscle for smart policies, smart politicsOrlando SentinelJuly 14, 2016
It’s Time for Honest, Thorough Conversation About Policing and Race in AmericaInsideSourcesJuly 13, 2016
The Ongoing Battle to Protect the Precious Right to VoteCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2016
Healthcare for All: The Unfinished Business of a NationState of Black AmericaMay 17, 2016
Voting rights for allThe Baltimore SunApril 22, 2016
Lessons from Flint: The Case for Investing in the Building Blocks of Communities of ColorCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2016
Protecting America from Racism in the WaterCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2016
In State of the Union, Obama Addresses All of ‘We the People’InsideSourcesJanuary 13, 2016