Sukyi Mcmahon

Senior Consultant for the Square One Project and Senior Policy Director at Austin Justice Coalition
Columbia Justice Lab

Sukyi works for Columbia University's Justice Lab, where she manages the Square One Project’s Roundtables on the Future of Justice Policy. She and draws together academics, advocates, community leaders, and practitioners in three-day convenings to challenge traditional responses to crime, and look in new places for more effective responses, by asking a new question: if we start from “square one,” how would justice policy be different?

Sukyi serves as the Board Chair at Austin Justice Coalition, a black-led grassroots organization focused on local and statewide criminal justice reform, educational justice, community empowerment, and civic engagement. She also sits on the board of Turkey City Writers Workshop, whose mission is to champion writers of color in the speculative fiction genre through sponsorship and mentorship at writing workshops.

Most recently, she worked as the Policy Coordinator at Just Liberty, a bi-partisan 501(c)(4) dedicated to comprehensive criminal justice reform in Texas. At Just Liberty, she helped to build, manage, and engage a list of 50,000+ criminal justice reformers across Texas. Sukyi was also an appointed member of the City of Austin’s Human Rights Commission. Her formal education includes a B.A. and M.A. in Literature from Texas Tech University and Texas State University-San Marcos, respectively.

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