Lizzie Buchen is a legislative advocate at the ACLU of California, where she works on reducing police violence and misconduct, reducing incarceration, and lowering barriers to reentry for people leaving prison and jail.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Lizzie was Statewide Coordinator for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a coalition of grassroots organizations working to shrink the prison system. Before she was at CURB, she was a policy analyst at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.
Lizzie has also worked extensively with incarcerated people in San Quentin State Prison, teaching college biology and journalism, and working with the prisoner-run newspaper, the San Quentin News.
Prior to her career in criminal justice reform, Lizzie worked as a journalist, reporting on scientific research for Nature, Science, Scientific American, Wired, the Economist, and other publications.
Lizzie received her B.A. in Biology and in Psychology from Tufts University. She received her M.S. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco.