Eliza Solowiej

Executive Director
Eliza Solowiej

Solowiej is dedicated to stopping the cradle-to-prison pipeline and replacing it with government accountability for human rights. To this end, she has worked for 20 years in youth, leadership and organizational development. As a Chicago Community Trust Fellow, she traveled internationally to meet with police leadership where systems for providing legal aid in police stations were established to interrupt police codes of silence. She serves on boards for the National Lawyers Guild Chicago, Southside Together Organizing for Power, the Westside Justice Center, and the Chicago Community Bond Fund. Eliza holds a BA from the University of Chicago, JD from the John Marshall Law School, and management certificates from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and the Civic Leadership Academy fellow at the University of Chicago Booth (business) and Harris (policy) Schools. She is an active mentor, proud parent and foster parent based in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood, where violent crime, police misconduct, and record numbers of juvenile arrests have effected her and her family intimately.

Contact: Eliza (at) first-defense .org