Jeri Powell advocates for reforms to democratic institutions, with particular expertise in state-level advocacy. In the past year as a member of the VoteShield team, she focused on developing partnerships with state and local election officials, including Secretaries of State in a number of states. Jeri holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she teaches the seminar, Race, Gender and Political Change. In addition to serving for nearly a decade in senior positions in government, political campaigns and nonprofit advocacy in support of education equity, she spent several years practicing international corporate law in Paris and New York. Jeri received her JD from Columbia Law School.