Alec Weiss is a research assistant to Julie Nelson and the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE). Alec was born in Boston and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Linguistics from Rice University. Currently, he is pursuing a J.D. at Berkeley Law. Alec returned to grad school to study social justice and develop tools to address structural racial inequalities in policing, prisons, and the criminal justice system.
Since moving to the Bay Area, Alec has worked with the Berkeley Law and Organizing Collective to assist the Anti-Police Terror Project in Oakland and to provide legal support to homeless communities in the East Bay. He also volunteers with the Restorative Justice program at San Quentin State Prison, which utilizes the circle method to help violent offenders understand the harms they have caused, the structural societal conditions that may have lead to their actions, and to build community.