Karen Shain, Chair

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco, CA


Karen is the Reentry Policy Planner at SF Probation. She has worked at the intersections of criminal justice, race justice, LGBTQ rights, and political prisoners for over forty years.

At Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, she led the campaign that ended the shackling of pregnant women in California prisons. At the Women’s Foundation of California, she led campaigns to end reliance on incarceration including Prop 47.

As Board Chair, Karen leads with love and clarity of purpose, bringing strategic decision-making and criminal justice systems change expertise.