Fair Hiring Project Coordinator
New York, NY
Megan French-Marcelin serves as the Project Coordinator for JLUSA’s #WORKINGfuture Campaign which seeks to dismantle barriers to employment and other collateral consequences of mass incarceration for people with criminal records. Previously, as the ACLU’s Policy Research Manager, Megan oversaw a broad portfolio of advocacy-driven criminal justice research. She spearheaded the organization’s national reentry work, managing partnerships with corporations and workforce development agencies seeking to implement fair chance policies. Megan also worked with grassroots organizations in several states to draft legislation on occupational licensing, ban-the-box, and voting rights. Her analysis of legislative history was instrumental to enactment of new legislation spearheaded by VOTE-LA that restores voting rights to nearly 70,000 Louisianans on probation and parole. Megan comes to this work because of the firsthand experiences of family in the justice system, whose involvement led to an analysis of mass criminalization as an historic and ongoing assault on people and their communities that extends inequality and prevents liberation. Megan is the author of several reports on criminal justice reform and reentry, including “Bullies in Blue: Origins and Consequences of School Policing” and “Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Job Seekers Benefits Your Company.” She has worked with criminal justice stakeholders across the country on issues ranging from sentencing reform to juvenile justice and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.