The People’s Parity Project Board of Directors announced today the election of Ceilidh Gao, Jacob Lipton, and Anne Tewskbury as Board members.

“We are delighted  to welcome our three new Board members, all of whom have already hit the ground running,” said Board Chair Emma Janger. “Anne, Jacob, and Ceilidh each bring a demonstrated ability to respond to the urgencies of the moment with thoughtfulness, and have extensive experience in justice-centered work that will help move PPP forward.”

Ceilidh Gao (pronounced “Kay-Lee”) works on legal and policy issues in the labor movement. She has worked for unions, including the Communications Workers of America and the Service Employees International Union; in private practice; and at the National Employment Law Project. 

Jacob Lipton is the Associate Director at the Justice Catalyst, a nonprofit that activates path-breaking approaches to social justice lawyering that have real-world impact and improve the lives of those denied access to justice. He was previously the Program Director of the Systemic Justice Project, a policy innovation collaboration he co-founded at Harvard Law School devoted to working with students to identify injustice, design solutions, promote awareness, and advocate reforms to policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public. 

Anne Tewksbury is a 2L student at NYU School of Law, where she studies labor & employment law. She has worked for the Center for Popular Democracy, organizing unemployed workers around COVID-19 relief and researching unemployment insurance reform. At NYU, Anne is a leader of Law Students for Economic Justice (which houses NYU’s chapter of the People’s Parity Project) and the Environmental Law Society, and she serves as a Staff Editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.

“PPP was founded on the belief that the ethos of the legal profession needs to change,” said PPP Executive Director, Molly Coleman. “Ceilidh, Jacob, and Anne are people who represent the best of  what the profession can be — people who are using the law as a tool to advance true justice. This organization will be better thanks to their creativity, their dedication, and their leadership.”

About the People’s Parity Project

Founded in 2018, the People’s Parity Project is a nationwide network of law students and new attorneys organizing to unrig the legal system and build a justice system that values people over profits. The organization is grounded in the belief that members of the legal profession have a responsibility to demystify—and dismantle—the coercive legal tools that have stacked the system against the people. PPP is fighting for a civil legal system that works for working people, especially workers of color, women, and low-wage, precarious, immigrant, disabled, and LGBTQ+ workers. Learn more: www.peoplesparity.org/about.