Aliyah Graves-Brown

Program Coordinator


Aliyah Graves-Brown is the Program Coordinator for the Prisons and Justice Initiative and a 2017 graduate from Georgetown University. As a Government major and Sociology minor, Aliyah’s passion for criminal justice and prison reform emerged as a student of Professor Howard’s in his “Prisons and Punishment” course and subsequently in his inaugural “Prison Reform Project” course, which culminated in the public event 37th and Jessup: Students Divided by Bars, United for Justice. The course was undoubtedly her most inspiring and meaningful educational experience and has since shaped what she believes will be her life’s work. During her senior year, Aliyah served as a Research Assistant for the Prisons and Justice Initiative, primarily responsible for event planning and launching “PJI Pals”, a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parent(s). Upon graduating, she worked for Oracle’s Public Sector Division as a Business Development Consultant, until she returned to the Hilltop and joined the PJI team in March 2018. As the Program Coordinator, Aliyah is responsible for all PJI event and program coordination, website and social media maintenance, outreach, general inquiries, and administrative assistance. Her primary responsibility is the management of PJI’s Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, the only co-educational prison education program in the country. Through her work with PJI, Aliyah has experienced the human capacity for change and plans to devote the entirety of her professional career to the humanization of currently and formerly incarcerated people