Priya Sarathy Jones
National Policy and Campaigns Director
Priya Sarathy Jones is the National Policy and Campaigns Director at the Fines and Fees Justice Center. She is principally responsible for supporting and leading national coalitions for fines and fees reform and for providing assistance to institutions, organizations and individuals who seek FFJC’s expertise on fines and fees reform across the country. She is currently building and participating in national coalitions to abolish debt-based driver’s license suspensions and to reform fines and fees in the juvenile justice system, while working directly with more than a dozen Cities and Counties to develop a wide range of fines and fees reforms.
Prior to joining FFJC, Sarathy Jones worked at the Department of Justice for nearly a decade, serving in a variety of policy positions. 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 the Justice Department, 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 member of the North Carolina State Bar Association. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.