Speaker Profile

Karl Racine
Attorney General / District of Columbia

Karl A. Racine is the first elected attorney general of the District of Columbia. He has prioritized data-driven juvenile justice reform, consumer protection efforts aimed at assisting the District’s most vulnerable residents, measures to advance democracy and safeguard public integrity, and legal actions to protect affordable housing in communities across the District. In 2015, Attorney General Racine established a standalone Office of Consumer Protection focused on outreach, education and legal actions to protect consumers. Mr. Racine’s 25 years of legal and leadership experience include serving as associate White House counsel in the first Clinton administration and being the first African-American managing partner of a top-100 U.S. law firm, Venable LLP, where he led a team of over 600 attorneys. His deep commitment to equal justice was inspired by his parents, who fled authoritarian rule in Haiti to start a new life in the United States, and by the lawyers of the civil rights movement, who used the law to effect positive social change. Karl remains involved with a variety of causes, including youth literacy and mentoring. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.