Two former Obama administration officials have joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, according to a Thursday announcement.
James Cadogan and Melanie Roussell Newman have gained leadership positions within the Legal Defense Fund, a Thursday press release stated.
“LDF is honored to welcome both Mr. Cadogan and Ms. Newman to our team. As former senior government officials, they bring significant public policy experience, political acumen, and organizational management skills to their unique roles,” Sherrilyn Ifill, the president and counsel of LDF, said in a statement.
Cadogan will work as the director of LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute, while Newman will be the chief public engagement and communications strategist.
Cadogan and Newman both had positions in former President Barack Obama’s administration. Cadogan served with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Department of Justice as a counselor to Lynch. Newman also worked in the DOJ as the director of the Office of Public Affairs.
The NAACP LDF focuses on criminal justice, education and political participation in the black community.
“LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments,” its website reads.
Obama previously praised the LDF and the work the organization does.
“The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history,” Obama said, according to LDF’s site.
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