Kaid Ni Ray-Tipton developed a passion for supporting people affected by criminal justice systems as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. After earning a BA in sociology with distinction and communications, and a minor in diversity and gender, women, and sexuality studies, he worked as an intern for Congressman Adam Smith, then as a staffer for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. His time in the House of Representatives provided the opportunity to research policies that influence conviction rates in communities of color. This led to joining the New Virginia Majority Education Fund, where Kaid supported efforts to restore individual’s rights. He also has experience writing constituent correspondence letters to those impacted by incarceration as an intern at The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama.