Transformative justice strategist
Rukia Lumumba is a legal professional and transformative justice strategist whose work focuses on the intersection of criminal and electoral justice. She believes that increased community agency will build new institutional power that paves the way for a more just system rooted in restoration, resilience, and self-determination. Rukia has clerked for the Juvenile Rights Division of the Washington, D.C., Public Defender Service and served as director of the criminal justice nonprofits the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services and the Center for Community Alternatives. She currently serves on the boards of Operation Shoestring, the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Black Voters Matter, and the Abolition Law Center. Rukia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law.