Senior Fellow and Director
Rebecca Silbert is a Senior Fellow at the Opportunity Institute and the Director of Renewing Communities, an independent statewide initiative to increase high-quality higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians. (Renewing Communities is co-directed by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and operates the Corrections to College California website.)
Previously, Rebecca was the Executive Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law where she, along with the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, developed the strategic plan for Renewing Communities.
Rebecca has extensive experience managing large research and policy projects, particularly in the areas of promising reentry practices, criminal defense, and education. Prior to her five years at the Warren Institute, Rebecca tried cases for nine years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California. She earlier worked as an associate at the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP in San Francisco as well as with the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children.
Rebecca graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1996) and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley (1991).