Nikki Baszynski, legal counsel, previously worked in the Appeals and Postconviction Section of the Ohio Public Defender. In 2015, Nikki founded the Ohio Public Defender’s Racial Justice Initiative, an agency-based team focused on identifying racially discriminatory practices and collaborating across departments to address them. Prior to joining Ohio Public Defender, Nikki represented juvenile trafficking victims in delinquency proceedings as the inaugural Greif Fellow in Juvenile Human Trafficking. Before law school, she served as a Teach For America corps member in the Bronx and a founding teacher of the Columbus Collegiate Academy. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2006 and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2013.