Jessie Brown is the senior director of legal affairs at Year Up, a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the opportunity divide by providing young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their full potential through professional careers and higher education.
After graduating from Brown University magna cum laude, Jessie earned her JD from Harvard Law School. She served for one year as the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law fellow at New York University. From 2009-2015, Jessie was the associate general counsel for the American Council on Education (ACE), the nation’s most visible higher education association. She then served as senior counsel in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education under the Obama Administration.
Why Child Justice?
“I handled several pro bono cases when working as a law firm associate in New York City, representing women who were victims of domestic violence (DV) in family court proceedings (divorce as well as custody),” Jessie said. “The system is often hard to navigate, and many of these women don’t have the benefit of representation, which can be enormously detrimental to their cases.
“Having a strong advocate can make all the difference in the lives of these women and children. When I met (Child Justice ED) Eileen King and saw the great work that she was doing – both placing clients with pro bono counsel, as well as advocating on behalf of protective parents and being a shoulder to lean on for so many clients – I knew I wanted to get involved. I joined the board in 2015 and am eager to see this organization grow and continue to do the important work that it has started!”