NLC Los Angeles '20
Partnerships Coordinator, The Bail Project
Fighting for Justice
Michael Deegan-McCree was a 2020 New Leaders Council LA Institute Fellow and now sits on the NLC LA Governing Board. He currently serves as the National Partnerships and Political lead at The Bail Project playing a pivotal role in developing grassroots and grasstops partnerships for The Bail Project. Michael's work also includes Political and Legislative strategy, most recently advising the Congressional Black Caucus on appropriations to assist Congress in implementing the fourth COVID-19 stimulus legislation.
Before working for The Bail Project, Michael worked at The Dream Corps, where he served as the Policy Associate for the #cut50 initiative, helping to lead their state and federal legislative efforts. While at #cut50, Michael played a policy role in helping pass the First Step Act, 2018's landmark legislation that the New York Times said would "deliver the most significant changes to our criminal justice system in a generation."
Michael's concentration is on racial inequality within the criminal justice system and believes no issue can be solved without fixing the racial injustice that originated from slavery. His efforts to reform the system through advocacy and bipartisan strategy is made clear through his opinion pieces in his contributor role with USA Today and many podcast interviews he has given.