Kimberle Crenshaw, Founder & Executive Director

Kimberle Crenshaw, Founder & Executive Director

Luke Charles Harris,   Founder & Director of Programming                    

Luke Charles Harris,   Founder & Director of Programming                    

Julia Sharpe-Levine       Associate Director

Julia Sharpe-Levine       Associate Director

Kyndall Clark Program Coordinator

Kyndall Clark
Program Coordinator

Teddy Fenster Assistant Director

Teddy Fenster
Assistant Director

Cherrell Brown Community Engagement Director

Cherrell Brown
Community Engagement Director

Abby Dobson Artist in Residence

Abby Dobson
Artist in Residence

Cynthia Luo Research Assistant

Cynthia Luo
Research Assistant

Brionne Janae Writing Fellow brionne.janae@aapf,org

Brionne Janae

Writing Fellow


Kimberlé Crenshaw co-founded the AAPF and serves as the Executive Director. Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Read More


Dr. Luke Charles Harris co-founded the AAPF and is Director of Programming. Harris is the former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Vassar College, where he teaches American Politics and Constitutional Law. Harris clerked for the late A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., the distinguished legal historian and former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; served for two years as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Warwick, School of Law in Coventry England; and for one year as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Sociology. Read More


Julia Sharpe-Levine is the Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum. She is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Applied Theatre from CUNY. Before joining AAPF in the summer of 2014, Julia attended Vassar College, where she graduated with honors in May 2014 with degrees in drama and Chinese. Her primary areas of interest include Critical Race Theory, Performance Studies, Critical Dramaturgy, Prison Studies, and Intersectionality. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. 



Kyndall Clark is the Program Coordinator at AAPF. Shortly after graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2013, Kyndall taught 9th grade special education in Philadelphia, PA. After leaving the classroom, she served as an organizer with the #BreakingSilence campaign and a Program Manager at Philadelphia City Council. She completed her Master's thesis on Black and Indian Feminist Pedagogies in West Bengal. 


Teddy Fenster is the Assistant Director of AAPF. He grew up along the California coast, but has always felt more at home in the Pacific Northwest. He recently graduated from Vassar College with honors in Political Science after writing a senior thesis on the state of voting rights after the Shelby v. Holder decision of 2013. He is also a two-time winner of the Julia Flitner Lamb Prize for excellence in political science. After working in a variety of fields, ranging from scenic carpentry and advertising to events programming, he is excited to contribute to the AAPF team. He intends to pursue a JD in the near future.


Cherrell Brown, the Community Engagement Director at AAPF, is a community organizer and educator living in NYC. She currently works as a social justice educator with Sadie Nash Leadership Project. Before that Cherrell served as one of the National Organizers for Equal Justice USA, a national non-profit organization working towards repealing the death penalty. She is also involved with several grassroots organizations working towards ending police and economic violence and teaches direct action trainings and community organizing 101. She recently traveled to London to obtain an MA in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity from Birkbeck University


Abby Dobson is AAPF's 2016 Artist-In-Residence. A Sonic Conceptualist Artist, Dobson’s sound is the alchemy of R&B/Soul, jazz, classic pop, gospel, and folk, forging a gem that erases musical boundaries. Abby has performed at venues such as S.O.B's, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Apollo Theater, Blue Note Jazz Club, and The Tonight Show (Jay Leno). Her debut CD, "Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On” was released in 2010 to glowing reviews. Abby received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Political Science and History. An independent scholar, Abby’s research interests focus on the intersection of race and gender in the imagination, creation, consumption, and distribution of music. Passionate about using music as a tool for empathy cultivation, Abby creates music to privilege black female voices and highlight the human condition. She is committed to shining her artistic light - volunteering with the African American Policy Forum and the National Organization for Women, NYC Chapter.


Cynthia Luo is a third-year JD candidate at Columbia Law School. She previously worked as a high school English teacher in the Hartford public school system after graduating with honors from the University of Connecticut with degrees in Linguistics/Philosophy, Classics, and English. She has also served on the boards of the Connecticut branch of the National Organization for Women and the East Coast Asian American Student Union. At the law school, she's involved in multiple organizations surrounding the topics of race and gender. After law school, Cynthia will work at a New York City based law firm before clerking for a district court judge.


Brionne Janae is a California native, poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Emerson college, and is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award, a Hedgebrook Alumni and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published in, For Harriet, Sixth Finch, Plume, Waxwing, and Rattle among others. Brionne’s first full length collection of poetry After Jubilee was selected for publication by Dorianne Laux and will be published by Boaat Press September 1st, 2017.