Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza is a fellow for Legal Progress at American Progress, focusing on access to justice and civil rights issues. Prior to joining American Progress, she worked on progressive political, policy, and legal projects on five continents.
Buckwalter-Poza’s writing on law, politics, and policy has been published by CNN, NPR, The Nation, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Daily Beast, and Politico, among others, and she has appeared on MSNBC, as well as provided commentary for regional and national radio programs. Buckwalter-Poza co-authored the book 40 More Years: How Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation with James Carville, and she contributed to Paul Begala’s Third Term: Why George W. Bush (Hearts) John McCain.
During the 2008 presidential election, Buckwalter-Poza served first as the director of special projects at the Progressive Accountability Office—a project of the Center for American Progress and Media Matters for America. She later served as the deputy national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee. She has also consulted to international political projects as an integral member of the office of James Carville and directed national issue campaigns for Change.org. Buckwalter-Poza previously held fellowships with the Asian Human Rights Commission and Asian Legal Resource Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. She has served on national advisory boards for Generation Progress and Advocates for Youth. Her commitment to public service has been recognized by Glamour magazine and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Buckwalter-Poza graduated from Harvard College with honors and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She clerked for Judge Margaret A. Ryan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as well as the Judge Juan R. Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit.