Senior National Coordinator
Ria Thompson-Washington is a Senior National Coordinator in the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She is the Election Protection organizer for six states — Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Virginia — and is responsible for cultivating Election Protection relationships with national and local affinity bars.
Ria began her work as an organizer in 2003 with Progressive Student Network while an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She later worked with SEIU Texas Local 5 in San Antonio. Over the next 10 years, Ria worked on a wide range of organizing campaigns, including advocating for local labor laws in San Antonio, union membership in Chicago, and healthcare rights in Oakland.
Ria returned to higher education to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of the District of Columbia, and in 2014 graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Ria is pursuing a juris doctorate from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, anticipating graduation in May 2020.
She also serves as the Executive Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild. In this capacity, Ria brings her passion of training legal observers to the Lawyers Committee. Her favorite past times include Audible books, intersectional conversations, Beyoncé, and the color purple.