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Deputy Director of DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Co-Founder of Ujima, Inc.

Ms. Gardner is the Deputy Director and Co-Founder of Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community, a project of the DC Coalition against Domestic Violence.

Ms. Gardner’s career as a legal advisor for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault was inspired by her early work as a prosecutor in the Domestic Violence Unit of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. She has worked for two decades to help shape guidelines, policies, and procedures that communities can use to end intimate partner violence. Ms. Gardner is Core Faculty for Establishing Expertise as an Expert Witness with the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; sits on the Board of Trustees for Garrison Forest School; licensed to practice law in DC, MD, TX, and the Supreme Court of the United States; and belongs to a multitude of local, state, and national committees that address violence against women and their children.