Jennifer Shaw is a program officer for the justice team of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, overseeing grant making related to policing and the death penalty.
Shaw came to Open Society from the Washington state affiliate of the ACLU, where she worked as deputy director, leading policy advocacy work, police practice reform efforts, and coordinating campaigns for civil liberties. Prior to this, Shaw was the affiliate’s legislative director, working with officials to promote fair and equal treatment under the law of students, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, and people involved in the justice system.
Before joining the ACLU, Shaw worked as a public defender and in private practice in Seattle. She has served as a member of Washington’s Task Force on Race in the Criminal Justice system and was a founding member of the Seattle Community Police Commission. She has also served on the King County Sheriff’s Blue Ribbon Panel and the Seattle Mayor’s Police Accountability Review Panel.
Shaw received her law degree from Seattle University School of Law, where she was the recent president of the school’s Law Alumnae Board. She also plays an active role in mentoring the university’s law students and new attorneys.