Priya Sarathy Jones
Deputy Executive Director
Priya Sarathy Jones is the Deputy Executive Director at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. She is principally responsible for supporting the Co-Executive Directors in strategic and operations planning and implementation and leading the organization in its mission and vision; and for overseeing the National Advocacy and Campaigns division. She works with the National Advocacy and Campaigns team to develop advocacy strategy to both advance fines and fees reforms across the country, as well build capacity among state and local advocates, governments, stakeholders and communities to prioritize and engage on policy and legislative reforms.
Prior to joining the Fines and Fees Justice Center, Ms. Sarathy Jones worked at the Department of Justice for nearly a decade, serving in a variety of policy positions across the Department. Her portfolio included public defense, with an emphasis on 6th Amendment issues, as well as wrongful conviction, capital case litigation, and tribal law enforcement. In addition to her policy work at DOJ, Ms. Sarathy Jones served as Senior Counsel for the House Oversight Committee and worked on Congressional and Legislative Affairs. She holds a J.D. and B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association. Ms. Sarathy Jones lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.