District Attorney, Los Angeles, CA
Jackie Lacey is the District Attorney for Los Angeles, California. She is the first woman and first African-American to serve in that role since the office was created in 1850. Ms. Lacey supervises roughly 1,000 lawyers, 300 investigators and 800 support staff employees. She has overseen the development of several groundbreaking crime-fighting initiatives within the office and was key in the creation of alternative sentencing courts to deal with specific nonviolent offenders. These include the Los Angeles County Veterans Court, the Los Angeles County Women’s Reentry Court, and the Los Angeles County Co-Occurring Disorders Court.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lacey joined the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation in 1986 as a deputy district attorney, prosecuting hundreds of serious criminal cases, and worked her way through the ranks as a front-line prosecutor. Ms. Lacey won national attention, including recognition by the U.S. Department of Justice, for her successful prosecution of the county's first race-based hate crime murder.
Ms. Lacey received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine, and her law degree from the University of Southern California Law School.