Shakira J. Pumphrey

Policy Director

Shakira Pumphrey currently serves as Executive Director of Just Liberty in Austin, Texas. Just Liberty is a bipartisan 501c(4) organization dedicated to comprehensive criminal justice reform in Texas, from the traffic stop to the local county jail, the courtroom, prisons, parole, and the reentry process. With a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, a BA in Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, she brings policy expertise, compassion, and grit to her new role at Just Liberty. She has served as a Civil Rights Investigator and a nonprofit consultant, including service with an Arkansas-based organization for children left behind due to parental incarceration.

Most recently, Shakira served as Senior Policy Advisor to Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus. In that role, she advised the Speaker and his executive staff on policy issues related to corrections, criminal jurisprudence, juvenile justice, defense, veterans, and county affairs. She also served as the primary liaison to legislators, legislative staff, constituents, advocates, agencies, and correlating legislative committees. She brings a deep understanding of the Texas legislature along with the passion and commitment needed to get reforms across the finish line.