Tanya Greene


American Civil Liberties Union

Tanya Greene currently serves as advocacy and policy counsel with the national ACLU; her national and state policy work focuses on criminal justice issues, including indigent defense, the death penalty, solitary confinement and juvenile justice. Prior to joining the ACLU in 2011, Ms. Greene represented indigent capital defendants for almost 15 years in the Deep South and New York and has consulted on indigent capital cases and developed lawyer training programs nationwide. Ms. Greene serves as a resource counsel on indigent defense advocacy for ACLU affiliates across the country as well as national partners and allies in the reform effort. Ms. Greene is the president of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Campaign for Justice, which works on indigent defense reform.

During her career, Ms. Greene has volunteered with the National Lawyers Guild and the National Conference of Black Lawyers on social justice issues such as street law programs. She is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Indigent Defense Committee; she currently serves on the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project Advisory Committee and the boards of the Gulf Region Advocacy Center in Houston, Texas, and the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. As a young lawyer, she won the Reebok International Human Rights Award for her work against the death penalty and was profiled in Working Woman magazine.