Emily Galvin Almanza
Founder and Co-Executive Director, Partners For Justice
Emily has been a public defender in California and New York, and has worked to protect both people facing charges and people returning home from incarceration. When Emily moved across the country to join The Bronx Defenders, she learned about the power of holistic defense, and the importance of protecting people in need across legal disciplines - and with human flexibility.
Emily is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, where she earned the Deborah Rhode Prize for her work in the public interest. After her first year as a public defender, she clerked for the Honorable Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She then returned to the Stanford Three Strikes Project, where she was one of the first attorneys bringing post-reform petitions for relief on behalf of individuals sentenced to life under California's Three Strikes law.
After publishing articles on alternatives to incarceration and anti-recidivism strategies in Slate and The Atlantic, Emily was honored as one of the American Bar Association's Top 40 Young Lawyers in 2017. Now, she is excited to be bringing a new model of service to communities across the country.