Kimberlé Crenshaw  Founder & Executive Director

Kimberlé Crenshaw
 Founder & Executive Director

 Luke Charles Harris Founder & Director of Programming                    

Luke Charles Harris
Founder & Director of Programming                    

 Jennifer Ross Senior Research Fellow

Jennifer Ross
Senior Research Fellow

 Naimah Hakim                                  Program Assistant

Naimah Hakim                                 
Program Assistant

 Julia Sharpe-Levine                                               Arts and Education Program Director

Julia Sharpe-Levine                                              
Arts and Education Program Director

 Madeline Cameron Wardleworth Post Doctoral Research Scholar

Madeline Cameron Wardleworth
Post Doctoral Research Scholar

 Abby Dobson Artist in Residence

Abby Dobson
Artist in Residence

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


Dr. Jennifer Ross is a postdoctoral senior research fellow at AAPF and the Center for Intersectionality and Policy Studies (CISPS). She has conducted research on Black girls, Black women leadership, teacher leadership, professional development and coaching and mentoring in urban school districts. Prior to coming to New York City, Jennifer spent 19 years working as a dedicated educator in the state of Ohio. Most recently, she worked as a consultant for the Ohio Department of Education where she wrote and developed policy that supported equity, cultural competency, teacher induction, school turnaround, and closing achievement gaps among students.


Naimah Hakim is a recent graduate of Princeton University (2016) where she majored in Anthropology and earned minors in African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies. During the past year, Naimah completed a research fellowship at the UN Office of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) and served as an intern with the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project. She is eager to bring her passions for global human rights, intersectional feminism, and education to the work of the African American Policy Forum.


Julia Sharpe-Levine is a writer, activist and theatre-maker living in Brooklyn. After serving as the Associate Director for 2 years, she now serves as AAPF's Arts and Education Program Director. She has led workshops on theatre and social engagement, and has written articles on politics and intersectionality for publications such as the Huffington Post and Rewire Magazine. She has a Master's degree in Applied Theatre from CUNY's School of Professional Studies and a Bachelor's degree in drama and Chinese from Vassar College, where she graduated with honors. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.



Madeline Cameron Wardleworth is the Director of International Programs and Research. Madeline formerly worked as a litigation lawyer at a global firm, where she directed an urban pro bono clinic and led her office’s Human Rights Law program. While in practice she undertook independent research on female access to justice and technology, which has been presented at universities including Oxford, Melbourne, and Yale.  She served as Secretary of her state’s Women’s Bar, and sat on the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights’ Subcommittee for Women and Girls’ Rights. Madeline has interned at the Australian Consulate, Paris, and holds a Master of Laws from Columbia, from which she graduated as a Kent Scholar.  While studying at Columbia Law she served as a board member of the Columbia Law Women's Association, Columbia Law Feminist Society, Columbia Society for International Law, and If/When/How - Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.




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.