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Carmen Daugherty

Deputy Executive Director

Carmen Daugherty joined Advancement Project as its new Deputy Executive Director in 2022. In this role, Carmen manages and supports directors in the Opportunity to Learn, Justice Project, and Power and Democracy programs and serves as the lead in cross-programmatic work. Prior to joining AP, Carmen served as Policy Director for Youth First Initiative, an organization for abolishing the abominable youth prison system across America. In that capacity, Carmen supported state-based campaigns to abolish youth incarceration and invest in community centered solutions She also previously served as Policy Director for Campaign for Youth Justice, focused on ending the prosecution and incarceration of youth in the adult criminal justice system. She began her legal career as staff attorney and Deputy Director for a DC based special education advocacy organization. Carmen has served on the committees for the American Bar Association’s section on Civil Rights and Social Justice as well as DC based youth justice advisory groups.  Carmen received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Carmen currently resides in Maryland while her heart remains in New Orleans.