Blake Strode

International Economics and Spanish, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
JD, Harvard Law School

Blake is from St. Louis and left to attend college and play professional tennis. After graduating college, he returned to St. Louis as a Skadden Fellow at ACD in Fall 2015. He is now the Executive Director. Blake discovered ACD in the wake of Ferguson Uprising and learned that ACD was one of the only legal organizations representing poor people, and wanted to join to fight the criminalization of poor and Black people in St. Louis. As Executive Director, Blake manages ACD’s growing and talented staff; explores new opportunities for advocacy and systemic litigation; communicates the work and mission of ACD to students, supporters, fellow advocates, and media; and works with the Board and leadership to set the strategic direction for the organization. He is responsible for making sure that the dedicated team at ACD has everything it needs to provide the best holistic advocacy possible for our clients.

Fun/personal fact:

I’m a Cubs fan in Cardinals land. I know more about the Golden Girls than you do.