MAC Welcomes Lisa E. Brown as Director of Racial Equity and Access Project (REAP)

MAC is pleased to welcome Lisa E. Brown as Director of the Racial Equity and Access Project (REAP). The Racial Equity and Access Project began as the Mobilization for Equity Project, and later became known as the Boston School Reform Project.

As Director of REAP, Lisa is beginning with school discipline reform to address racial disparities within the Boston Public Schools and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. Jerry Mogul, MAC’s executive director, remarked “We are thrilled to have Lisa join the MAC team and renew our long-standing commitment to advocate for racial equity and closing achievement and opportunity gaps in the Boston Public Schools.”

Prior to joining MAC, Lisa served as a Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School. In this capacity, she taught in Suffolk’s Health Law Clinic, which focused on issues such as mental health and disability rights. While with the Health Law Clinic, Lisa was permitted to engage in the practice of law in Massachusetts under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. Additionally, Lisa taught a negotiation course at Suffolk as a Lecturer in Law, and subsequently as an Adjunct Professor.

Throughout her career, Lisa has remained committed to public interest work and educational justice. As an attorney with Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in New York, Lisa represented individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals living in poverty in the areas of special education, disability rights, and government benefits. Prior to her legal career as a New York attorney, Lisa worked in various capacities to address the school-to-prison pipeline and special education matters in Missouri, the District of Columbia, and Mississippi.

Lisa is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and is pursuing admission to the Massachusetts bar. She received her Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in African & African American Studies and Urban Studies from Stanford University.