Amshula Jayaram came to Dēmos as a Senior Campaign Strategist in November of 2018, bringing with her over a decade of experience in social justice and legislative advocacy. Amshula has worked on campaigns at the federal level including the End Racial Profiling Act, exposing the use of torture post 9/11, ending drone warfare and fighting for the closure of the illegal prison at Guantánamo Bay. For the last five years, Amshula led state level campaigns on behalf of the Innocence Project in order to prevent, expose, and remedy wrongful convictions. This included both the passage of criminal justice reform legislation as well as policy change by State Attorneys' General and other statewide law enforcement entities. At Dēmos, Amshula now leads campaigns to strengthen our democracy through campaign finance reform, expansion of voting rights, and dismantling felony disenfranchisement laws that grew out of the era of Jim Crow. At the center of her work is upholding Dēmos commitment to racial, social, and economic justice, and ensuring that both the policies we fight for and the paths we take to get there honor these fundamental values. Amshula has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.