Reynelle Brown Staley

Reynelle Brown Staley is Policy Director at ELC. Reynelle focuses on improving local, state, and federal education policy in areas including fair funding, equal access, and school climate.

Reynelle began her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP working on behalf of schoolchildren in her native New York City to successfully challenge the constitutionality of New York’s school funding system in Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc. v. The State of New York. She has engaged in litigation and administrative advocacy before numerous state, federal and international bodies, including briefing to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the right of school districts to engage in voluntary desegregation efforts.

Before joining ELC, Reynelle served as the founding Executive Director of After-School All-Stars Philadelphia, providing access to out-of-school time programming to under-resourced schools. As Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, she led the City’s efforts to protect and promote the civil rights of all Philadelphians.

Reynelle is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. She is also an alumna of the Philadelphia African-American Leadership Development Program and the Coro Fellows Program. She has served on the board of the New York Urban League and is currently a member of the Clementine Montessori School Board of Trustees.

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