Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors

Director of Special Projects

In her role as Director of Special Projects, Patrisse is working to build an online and on-the-ground rapid response network to combat law enforcement violence in communities of color. 

Patrisse is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter. In 2013, Patrisse co-founded #BlackLivesMatter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. She is also the founder and board member of Dignity and Power Now, an organization dedicated to protecting incarcerated people and their families in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in publications such as The Washington Post, the Guardian, Ebony, and more. In 2015, she was included on the Root 100 list of African American achievers and influencers between the ages of 25 and 45, and the Politico50 guide to thinkers, doers, and visionaries transforming American politics.  

From September to November 2014, she participated in an Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership fellowship where she prepared and led a think tank on state and vigilante violence for the 2014 Without Borders Conference, and produced and directed a theatrical piece titled POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied.