Reena K. Shah
Maryland Access to Justice Commission
A long-time advocate of social justice and social change, Reena is the Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, where she is charged with building a strong and sustainable future for A2JC and implementing programs that increase access and quality of justice for all Marylanders. Prior to this, she was a Staff Attorney in the Housing and Consumer Law Unit and then, the first Director of the Human Rights Project at Maryland Legal Aid. She went to law school after a few years in public policy and international development, during which period she worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), in a local Kenyan non-governmental organization, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. Reena earned a B.A. from The George Washington University; a M.P.A. from Princeton University; and a J.D. from University of Maryland Carey Law School. Reena has been active in the community, having served on the boards of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and Maryland Carey Law School and has been recognized at Legal Aid for her service to her clients. She was recognized in 2021 with The Daily Record's "Top 100 Women" Award and prior to that received the "Leading Woman" Award.