Director of Policy
Preston Mitchum is a Black and queer civil rights advocate, writer, and public speaker who uses critical thinking and intersectionality in his writing and analyses. He brings more than 6 years in both legal and policy experience to his role as the Director of Policy of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. As Director of Policy, Preston shapes state and federal strategies and policies that center the voices and leadership of young people in the South and Midwest. Prior to joining URGE, Preston served as Senior Legal and International Policy Analyst with Advocates for Youth, the Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable S. Pamela Gray and the Honorable Errol R. Arthur, and was a Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress’ LGBT Research and Communications department.
In addition to his work at URGE, Preston is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center teaching LGBT Health Law and Policy, is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Collective Action for Safe Spaces. Preston was also the first openly LGBTQ Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
Preston is an accomplished author publishing both scholarly work and social commentary for many outlets and law review journals including The Atlantic, MTV News, Think Progress, The Root, Slate.com, Huffington Post, William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, North Carolina Central University School of Law’s Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Law Review, and others. Preston has also appeared on Al Jazeera English and Fox News. He received his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Kent State University; his J.D., with honors, from North Carolina Central University School of Law; and his LL.M. in Law and Government from American University Washington College of Law where he specialized in Gender and Law.
Preston uses he/him pronouns.