Managing Director, Programs
Jim Eichner joined Advancement Project as Managing Director of Programs in April 2012, and manages all of Advancement Project's programs including "Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track" and "Voter Protection." Since joining Advancement Project, Jim has been part of the litigation team challenging Wisconsin's Voter ID law under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. He played a key role during the November 2013 two week trial in that case, putting on fact and expert witnesses. Jim has also worked with Senate staff on the first congressional hearing on the School to Prison Pipeline, and coordinated Advancement Project's efforts to prevent increased police presence being the response to the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Jim was a staff attorney in the policy group of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education, and served as Executive Director of a commission on equity and excellence in K-12 education chartered by the Secretary of Education. Jim also spent five years investigating and litigating cases at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Jim served as a law clerk to the Honorable John G. Koeltl in the Southern District of New York after graduating from NYU School of Law in 1996 and is a graduate of Haverford College.