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Spencer Overton

President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Spencer Overton

Spencer Overton has led the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies as their president since February 2014. Overton is a tenured professor of Law at George Washington University. He is also a senior fellow at Demos, a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans and the national chair of public policy for the nation's oldest African-American fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi (the Boule). Overton has also served as a commissioner on the Jimmy Carter-James Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, and dissented from the Commission's recommendations regarding photo ID. During Professor Overton's time in the Obama campaign, transition and administration (2007-2010), he was a key leader on the administration's policy efforts. At the beginning of the Obama administration, he was appointed the principal deputy assistant attorney general of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. From 2007-2008, he was chair of Government Reform Policy. He co-chaired the Attorney General's Reentry and Reducing Recidivism Issue Team, comprised of senior representatives from the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, the Bureau of Prisons and several other components. He is a graduate of both Hampton University and Harvard Law School with honors, and he clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith.




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