Alan Jenkins is Director of the Human Rights unit at the Ford Foundation in New York. He previously served as Deputy Director and as Program Officer for Racial Justice within that unit. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Mr. Jenkins came to the Foundation from the U.S. Justice Department, where he served as Assistant to the Solicitor General. In that capacity, he represented the federal government in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1991 to 1995, he worked as Assistant Counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on the rights of low-income people of color. His earlier positions include Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.