Danyelle Solomon

Danyelle Solomon is the vice president of Race and Ethnicity Policy at American Progress where she leads the organizations racial justice policy work. More specifically, her team focuses on closing the racial wealth gap, ensuring core civil rights protections and moving the policy conversations beyond diversity and instead focused on equity and inclusion. Prior to joining CAP, 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, policing reform, 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, where she was responsible for a wide array of policy issues, including sentencing reform, juvenile justice reform, and executive branch nominations. She served as the principal counsel to Sen. Cardin during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Danyelle’s work has been published in The NY times, Time Magazine, Washington Post and many other outlets. Solomon obtained her J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in political science.