Barbara R. Arnwine, president & founder of Transformative Justice Coalition, is internationally renowned for contributions on critical justice issues including the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and the 2006 reauthorization of provisions of the Voting Rights Act. She also created the legendary Voting Rights “Map of Shame” in 2011, which remains popular. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion civil rights and racial justice issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing and lending, community development, employment, voting, education, and environmental justice.
In March 2015, she launched “Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine,” a weekly talk radio show on Radio One's WOL 1450 a.m. in the Washington, D.C. area. During the hour-long show, she endeavors to engage, challenge and equip her audience as activists in realizing a more just and equal society.
Arnwine served as president and executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) from 1989 until 2014. She is a well-known leader of Election Protection, the nation's largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, launched in 2004 to assist historically disenfranchised persons to exercise the fundamental right to vote.
She is board vice-president of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and serves on the board of directors of MomsRising and Independent Sector. She is an honorary board member of Welcome.us and is also a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.
Ms. Arnwine is a native of California and was raised in Louisiana along with her siblings. She is an avid gardener and also enjoys mentoring youth and aspiring attorneys, reading and spending time with her family. Ms. Arnwine resides in Prince Georges County, Maryland, where she is an active member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden.