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Donovan Williams


Born and raised in Bronx, New York, Donovan received his BA in Philosophy from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2019. Having a keen interest in challenging human rights and criminal justice issues, Donovan taught incarcerated individuals competitive debate as a volunteer for Rikers Debate Project, took part in grassroots canvassing for Amnesty International, and organized an event on his school’s campus calling for an end to solitary confinement in state prisons. He has also done preliminary research focused on identifying racial disparities in policing as a research assistant for the Center for Policing Equity, and assisted with civic-engagement and social justice projects as an intern for FPWA, including drafting city-wide police reforms. Donovan’s work is driven by a vision of a society free of systems that punish and oppress marginalized groups, which is why he’s pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy to spearhead policies that promote structural equity.


Updated April 2021