A picture of our Campaign Director Kemba Smith Pradia, a confident, strong-willed black woman standing with her arms folded in front of her chest, with buildings and courthouses in the background.

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State Advocacy Campaigns Director

Department

Advocacy

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she/her/hers

Kemba is a Richmond native and has been a national advocate and public speaker in the criminal justice arena for over 20 years. She has spoken nationally and internationally about the devastating social, economic and political consequences of drug policies. She has met with officials at the White House, testified before Congress and the United Nations regarding a variety of criminal justice issues including crack cocaine sentencing, mandatory drug sentencing, women and mass incarceration, felony disenfranchisement, and re-entry.

As the State Advocacy Campaign Director, her goal is to build restorative and transformational movements centered around criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration.

Kemba is a graduate of Virginia Union University with a B.S. in Social Work, former Soros Justice Fellow, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and is a 2019 Just Leadership, Leading with Conviction Fellow.

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