Project Director of the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign
Thena Robinson-Mock serves as Project Director of Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign. She is a civil rights attorney with over a decade of experience in racial and social justice advocacy. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Thena served as Executive Director of Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools (The Rethinkers), a dynamic youth leadership organization dedicated to creating intentional spaces for young people to “rethink” the public school experience and advocate for educational equity in New Orleans.
Thena worked as a staff attorney for the New Orleans office of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) where she provided direct representation for youth in juvenile court and school discipline proceedings and handled civil rights litigation. Her legal background also includes civil rights fair housing law and capital post-conviction representation. Thena also has a passion for merging the arts with social justice and is an ensemble member of Junebug Productions, formerly known as the Free Southern Theater, which served as a cultural organizing arm of the Civil Rights Movement.
Thena is originally from Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of Hampton University and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Thena is the recipient of the “40 under 40” award from Gambit Weekly in New Orleans and was named as a Women Rule! Leadership Honoree from Oprah Magazine and the White House Project. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband Brentin Mock and has a wonderful stepson, Justice Mock.
*Thena Robinson-Mock is admitted in Louisiana.