Ky’Eisha W. PennStaff Attorney
Ky’Eisha W. Penn is a Staff Attorney working for our Ending the Schoolhouse-to-Jailhouse Track and the Power & Democracy programs. Ky’Eisha supports Black and Brown communities on the ground addressing issues of pushout, policing in schools and the overall criminalization of young people. Her work also includes supporting voter protection and restoration of voting rights for communities of color and people impacted by the criminal legal system.
Ky’Eisha pursued her legal education at Howard University School of Law, after earning a dual degree from Florida State University in political science and African American studies, and a Masters of Applied Social Science in History from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She discovered her passion for social justice and community activism as a Dream Defender, challenging laws that disproportionately impacted Black and Brown youth throughout the state of Florida. As a law student, Ky’Eisha served as a coordinator and facilitator for Howard Law Academy where she conducted workshops for 10th grade students from Thurgood Marshall Academy each year on various topics that impact Black and Brown youth including: the Black Lives Matter Movement, the school-to-prison pipeline, intersectionality, and knowing your rights.
Prior to joining Advancement Project National Office, Ky’Eisha served as the Civic Engagement and Transparency Law Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey where her work focused on government transparency, accountability and community engagement to ensure that New Jersey residents were able to fully participate in the political process at all levels. She is admitted to the New Jersey and Washington, DC bars.