Damon Todd Hewitt
Damon guides the overall vision and strategy of the EA network, which includes over 40 national, local, and community foundations committed to advancing a shared strategy of systemic change to support boys and men of color, their families, and their communities. Through his leadership, EA has redefined the possibilities for responsive and impactful philanthropy.
Damon also serves as Senior Advisor for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, providing strategic guidance on their efforts to advance racial justice and equity.
Previously, Damon worked for over a decade as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). There he founded the LDF’s Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline initiative and worked in his hometown of New Orleans to coordinate post-Hurricane Katrina litigation and advocacy on education, housing, and voting-rights issues. Damon also worked as Executive Director of the New York State Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force.
Damon is co-author of The School‐to‐Prison Pipeline: Structuring Legal Reform (2012, NYU Press), and has published numerous articles on racial justice, school discipline policy, and progressive education reform. He holds a B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.