LaTanya Jackson Wilson Joins the Shriver Center on Poverty Law as New Vice President of Advocacy

Attorney brings deep experience in advocacy for equal justice.

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CHICAGO–LaTanya Jackson Wilson, a seasoned legal aid and public interest advocate, has been named the Vice President of Advocacy at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law.

LaTanya Wilson Jackson

Wilson’s career has centered on advocacy for equal justice, bringing to the Shriver Center over 25 years’ experience working as a public defender, an attorney at UAW Legal Services, and in private practice. She joins the Shriver Center from Legal Aid of Western Ohio, where she most recently served as Director of Advocacy. In that role, she oversaw a shift to focus advocacy on racial justice and equity and build a more inclusive and diverse organizational culture.

“I am thrilled to welcome LaTanya onboard in this critical role,” said Shriver Center President & CEO Audra Wilson. “Her leadership and experience will be invaluable as we move toward a new strategic vision for the Shriver Center’s work and continue to grow our impact in the fight for racial justice and economic opportunity.”

As Vice President of Advocacy, LaTanya Wilson will lead the Shriver Center’s legal advocacy strategy to drive impact for racial and economic justice. Managing a cross-disciplinary team of experts, she will oversee the Shriver Center’s work to integrate policy advocacy, community-centered organizing, and legal strategy in pursuit of systemic change. From litigating and shaping policies in Illinois to training and convening multi-state networks of public interest attorneys, the Shriver Center works with and for communities to make equal justice and economic opportunity a reality nationwide.

“I’m excited to join the Shriver Center at this critical moment, as we emerge from the pandemic and continue to reckon with our country’s history of racism,” said LaTanya Wilson. “Moving forward, we have unprecedented opportunity to promote equity and provide pathways out of poverty. When people come together, change is possible.”

LaTanya Wilson is a 1995 graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She will be based at the Shriver Center’s headquarters in Chicago.


The Shriver Center on Poverty Law fights for economic and racial justice. Over our 50-year history, we have secured hundreds of victories with and for people living in poverty in Illinois and across the country. Today, we litigate, shape policy, and train and convene multi-state networks of lawyers, community leaders, and activists nationwide. Together, we are building a future where all people have equal dignity, respect, and power under the law. Join the fight at

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