founder and CEO of Justis Connection
Kisha A. Brown is a civil rights attorney who has spoken at countless forums on diversity, police reform, education, anti-discrimination, ex-offenders and community empowerment. She’s the founder and CEO of Justis Connection, an online platform promoting lawyers of color and connecting them to new community and corporate clients.
Previously, she served as the director of Baltimore City’s Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcement. In that capacity, she oversaw the daily operations of enforcing the city’s civil rights laws, including the minimum, prevailing and living wage laws, Ban the Box regarding criminal records, and federal and local anti-discrimination laws.
She led the city’s only independent agency authorized to investigate the police for misconduct. As a Maryland assistant attorney general, she served as the director of legislative affairs and head of the civil rights department. In this role, she advanced the office’s legislative agenda by working with local and state elected officials to address statewide issues such as voter protection, energy efficiency, shielding of criminal records and online privacy.
When not in Annapolis, Maryland, she worked on community educational projects related to immigration fraud and mortgage foreclosure prevention. She also co-authored the office’s 2014 report on sexual misconduct at Maryland’s colleges and universities.
Prior to the attorney general’s office, Brown led government relations for a business advocacy organization and litigated in the Baltimore City Circuit Court.