Katayoon Majd

Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives

Katayoon Majd, Director of Criminal Justice Initiatives, has extensive social justice experience, as a public interest attorney, advocate, and grantmaker.  Most recently, she was Program Director for Youth Justice at the Public Welfare Foundation (PWF), where she spent close to nine years directing a grantmaking portfolio to remove youth from the adult criminal justice system, dismantle the youth prison model, and advance a community-based vision of youth justice, rooted in racial justice. At PWF, she helped design and launch the Youth First State Advocacy Fund, a funder collaborative supporting constituency-led efforts to close youth prisons and secure investment in communities most impacted by incarceration. Previously, Katayoon worked as a senior staff attorney at the National Juvenile Defender Center, focusing on issues of due process and working on a national initiative to ensure fairness for justice-involved LGBT youth. She has also represented youth in child welfare cases at the DC-based Children’s Law Center, and focused on racial justice issues in education at the ACLU of Northern California. In addition, she has taught courses as an adjunct faculty member at the law schools of Howard University and American University. Katayoon received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University.