Amanda Lawson is an accomplished policy expert, researcher, speaker, and writer. In her work, she is devoted to advancing racial and structural equity through smart responsible AI and tech policy. As a Research and Policy Analyst at the Responsible AI
Institute (RAII), Amanda has developed cutting-edge, data-driven AI governance frameworks for organizations and helped create the world’s first-of-its-kind responsible AI product certification program.

Amanda previously led policy work at the Vera Institute of Justice and on the 2021 NYC mayoral campaign cycle. Prior to that, she worked in the criminal legal space at the Law Office of James E. Neuman, Esq. as a paralegal and as the co-founder of an not-for-profit called the Dollar Bail Brigade that posts $1 bails in New York. Amanda has received recognition as a national Truman Scholar, Horatio Alger Scholar, and AnBryce Scholar. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

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