Caroline Fredrickson (@crfredrickson) is a Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. She served as president of the American Constitution Society (2009-2019) where she helped expand ACS to thousands of members, with lawyer chapters across the country and student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States. She was an eloquent spokesperson for ACS and the progressive movement on issues such as civil and human rights, judicial nominations and the importance of the courts in America, marriage equality, voting rights, the role of money in politics, labor law, and anti-discrimination efforts, among others.
Fredrickson has published works on many legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio, including noteworthy appearances on “All in with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC in 2018 discussing the Russia investigation. She is also the author of “Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over” and “The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections.”
Before joining ACS, Fredrickson served as the Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office and as General Counsel and Legal Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, she was Chief of Staff to Senator Maria Cantwell, of Washington, and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, of South Dakota. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.
Fredrickson is co-chair of the National Constitution Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board, a member of If/When/How’s Advisory Board, and serves on the boards of American Oversight and the National Institute of Money and Politics. In 2015, Fredrickson was appointed a member of the Yale Les Aspin Fellowship Committee.
Fredrickson received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. from Yale University in Russian and East European Studies summa cum laude. She clerked for the Hon. James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.