Anya Lynn-Alesker is the Chief Counsel of the Commission, responsible for policy, program, and financial management. In that role, she serves as an expert resource on gender-based violence and the law to ABA leadership and staff, attorneys, judges, legislators, the media, and others; manages program activities and budgets; serves as liaison and staff to Commission members; and coordinates national policy initiatives, including representing the Commission on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (supporting VAWA, FVPSA, and VOCA Reauthorization).
Prior to being named Chief Counsel, Anya was the Managing Attorney of the Commission, coordinating legal technical assistance; publication of legal manuals, treatises and texts; protective state and federal legislation; and training initiatives designed to assist lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Anya formerly directed the Surviving Violence and Increasing Viable Employment Project of the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco, CA, which assists domestic and sexual violence victims facing employment discrimination through training, outreach, policy advocacy, and legal representation. Anya is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.