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Olivia Shields


Olivia Shields, an Associate, recently worked as a law and policy intern for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, CA, campaigning and lobbying for a variety of criminal legal reform bills. She worked closely with currently incarcerated folks in San Quentin State Prison to elevate potential decarceration policies. Olivia was a research assistant at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, where she contributed to a fourteen volume collection of Dr. King’s legacy in the civil rights movement. She also researched implicit racial bias among Oakland police officers with Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt of Stanford’s Psychology Department. As the political action committee co-chair of Stanford’s Black Student Union, she led fundraising for bail funds nationwide. Olivia recently graduated summa cum laude from Stanford University with a degree in psychology and a minor in African and African American studies, earning the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement. Olivia currently resides in Oakland, CA where she was born and raised.