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Sukyi McMahon

Staff Associate II

Sukyi manages the Square One Project’s Roundtable on the Future of Justice Policy, and draws together academics, advocates, community leaders, and practitioners in three-day convenings to drive understanding and innovation in criminal justice reform.

Sukyi hails from Austin, Texas, where she serves as the Board Chair at Austin Justice Coalition, a black-led grassroots organization focused on local and statewide criminal justice reform, educational justice, community empowerment, and civic engagement. She also sits on the board of Turkey City Writers Workshop, whose mission is to champion writers of color in the speculative fiction genre through sponsorship and mentorship at writing workshops.

Most recently, she worked as the Policy Coordinator at Just Liberty, a bi-partisan 501(c)(4) dedicated to comprehensive criminal justice reform in Texas. At Just Liberty, she helped to build, manage, and engage a list of tens of thousands of criminal justice reformers across Texas. Sukyi also an appointed member of the City of Austin’s Human Rights Commission.

Her formal education includes a B.A. and M.A. in Literature from Texas Tech University and Texas State University-San Marcos, respectively.


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