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Preston Mitchum


Preston Mitchum is a Black and queer attorney, advocate, and activist who uses critical thinking and intersectionality in his writing and analyses. He brings a decade of both legal and policy experience to his role as the Director of Policy of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. As Director of Policy, Professor Mitchum shapes state and federal strategies and policies that center the voices and leadership of young people in the South and Midwest. Prior to joining URGE, Professor Mitchum served as Senior Legal and International Policy Analyst with Advocates for Youth, the Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable S. Pamela Gray and the Honorable Errol R. Arthur, and was a Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress’ LGBT Research and Communications department.

In addition to his work at URGE, Professor Mitchum is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center teaching LGBT Health Law and Policy, is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Professor Mitchum was also the first openly LGBTQ Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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