Jill Habig

Founder
Public Rights Project

Jill Habig is an attorney and political strategist with experience in political campaigns, policy advocacy, affirmative litigation, and public law. 

Jill was the Deputy Campaign Manager and Policy Director for Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate. Prior to joining the campaign, she served as Special Counsel to then-Attorney General Harris, advising the Attorney General on key legal issues and policy initiatives. Her work emphasized consumer fraud, health, education, human trafficking, and civil rights, including issues related to gender and LGBT rights. In 2015, she led the creation and launch of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice and managed its work, including investigations of school districts, child welfare departments, and juvenile justice systems for civil rights violations.

Jill was previously a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and served on the Affirmative Litigation Task Force at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she worked on the landmark trial challenging Proposition 8. She helped create the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project, an innovative, first-of-its kind partnership between Yale Law School and the San Francisco City Attorney's Office.

Jill served as a law clerk for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Georgetown University.