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Michya Cooper is the Program Assistant for Justice Reform and Election Integrity team. She lobbies with José Woss, the director of justice reform, to advance FCNL’s lobbying goals of promoting a more restorative justice system and protecting the right to free and fair elections.

Michya is a proud DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) native from Bowie, Maryland. She graduated from Temple University in December 2021 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. During her time at Temple, she was heavily involved in volunteer work around campus. She served as a chair for DREAM, a youth mentoring organization in North Philadelphia.

As a freshman, she interned with Prince George’s County Problem Solving Courts and witnessed the critical issues in our country’s justice system. This experience deeply enhanced her passion for justice reform, especially regarding issues related to juvenile justice and excessive sentencing.

In her free time, she enjoys thrifting; trying new restaurants in Washington, D.C.; and volunteering as a tutor for Petey Greene, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women in their journeys to enhance their education.