Public Service Venture Fund Legal Fellow
Mackenzie Arnold is a Public Service Venture Fund Legal Fellow in NYLPI’s Disability and Health Justice Programs. Through his fellowship, Mackenzie will work with advocates, public health officials, and community members to expand access to mental health resources and advocate for the development of community crisis response teams as a safe, evidence-based alternative to policing.
Mackenzie received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where his work focused on the intersection of criminal justice reform and public health. While in law school, Mackenzie worked on complex, systems-oriented litigation at the ACLU of DC; the Special Litigation Section of the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. In addition to these roles, Mackenzie has worked as a design consultant with the Innovation Law Lab, helping NGOs and coalitions evaluate and improve their impact, and a board member of HLS Effective Altruism.
Before attending law school, Mackenzie received a Fulbright Grant to teach English and philosophy in Ourense, Spain and graduated summa cum laude from Boston College, winning the G.F. & J.W. Bemis Award (for exemplary public service) and the Donald S. Carlisle Award (awarded to the top graduate in political science).