President Biden announced today that he is nominating Amy L. Solomon as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, at the Department of Justice.
Amy L. Solomon currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP), overseeing approximately $5 billion annually in grants to support state and local justice efforts. Solomon brings to this role more than three decades of government, think tank, and philanthropy experience and a deep commitment to social justice, racial equity, and improving the criminal justice system.
Before returning to DOJ in 2021, Solomon spent almost four years as Vice President of Criminal Justice at Arnold Ventures where she launched portfolios on corrections reform and expanding economic opportunity for justice-impacted populations. Solomon spent seven years in the Obama-Biden Administration, serving as Director of Policy and Senior Advisor at OJP. Solomon concurrently served as Executive Director of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, a cabinet-level body responsible for spearheading the federal Ban the Box rule, fair housing guidance, the Second Chance Pell initiative, and Medicaid guidance for the justice-involved population.Solomon spent 10 years at the Urban Institute, directing projects on prisoner reentry and public safety. She also worked at the National Institute of Justice, managed a community service program, developed reentry strategies for a Department of Correction, and worked with juveniles in probation, halfway houses, and school settings. Solomon holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.