Far too often, inconsistent and convoluted facts are cited in conversations, debates, and policy proposals about criminal justice, fundamentally undermining efforts to reform a system that is in many ways broken. I was drawn to Urban’s Justice Policy Center because of its commitment to using data as a tool for systemic change and for the opportunity to collaborate with and to be inspired by individuals dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world.
Nkechi Erondu works in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she is the special assistant to Vice President Nancy La Vigne and project coordinator. Before joining Urban, Erondu interned at the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in an office that enforces the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Erondu graduated from Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies and political science. While there, she conducted research on the relationship between electoral geography and political participation of low-income citizens through the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. As an undergraduate, she focused her studies on racial and ethnic politics, especially the political efficacy and empowerment of black Americans.