Gina Clayton-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of Essie Justice Group. An award winning social entrepreneur, attorney, activist, and advocate for women, Gina launched Essie in 2014 to support and empower women with incarcerated loved ones. Gina’s experiences as an organizer and civil rights activist in Los Angeles led her to pursue the law. She interned and studied under some of the country’s most respected criminal justice reform organizations and leaders during her time at Harvard. After law school, Gina dedicated herself to working directly with low-income women and families impacted by the criminal justice system. In addition to a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Gina holds a B.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity, with a minor in Education, from the University of Southern California.