Olivia Shields

Olivia Shields

Associate for Audience Engagement

Olivia was a law and policy intern for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California, campaigning and lobbying for a variety of criminal legal reform bills. She worked closely with incarcerated people in San Quentin State Prison to elevate potential decarceration policies. Olivia was a research assistant at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, where she contributed to a 14-volume collection on Dr. King’s legacy in the civil rights movement. She also researched implicit racial bias among Oakland police officers with Stanford pscychology professor Jennifer Eberhardt. As the political action committee co-chair of Stanford’s Black Student Union, she led fundraising for bail funds nationwide. Olivia graduated summa cum laude from Stanford University with a degree in psychology and a minor in African and African American studies, earning the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement. Olivia resides in Oakland, where she was born and raised.