Quentin Anthony Anderson is the current President & Chief Executive Officer of The Justice Alliance, a strategic advocacy and thought-catalyst non-profit organization based in Louisiana committed to advancing policies of social justice through community organizing and public policy research. He is also the Principal of Anderson Creative Strategies, Manager of Marketing and Community for Groundswell, and Founding Partner of Vicario LLP.
Born to parents Cornelious and Alexis Anderson in San Francisco, California, Anderson and his family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana as a child, where he attended multiple schools in the area, including the now-defunct charter school East Baton Rouge Arts & Technology School, before graduating from McKinley Senior High School. As a teenager, Anderson was an active member of his community, helping form his school’s first-ever holiday giveaway program called the EBRATS Christmas House. He served as President of the Baton Rouge Youth Council, which raised hundreds of dollars for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina. In addition, he participated in organizations like City @ Peace, The National Youth Coalition, WordPlay, and was an inaugural member of Baton Rouge’s youth poetry slam team.
A graduate of both Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University, Anderson later earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Journalism as well as a Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law, respectively. At Louisiana Tech, Anderson wrote for the school newspaper, served as President of the Open Discourse Society, and Vice-President of the Black Student Union as well as a one-time campus NPHC Greek Man of the Year. At LSU Law, Anderson served on the Academics Committee as well as a member of the National Black Law Students Association. He also created The LEXchange, an online textbook exchange website for LSU and Southern University law students
In 2007, Anderson joined Barack Obama’s primary campaign for the presidency as a new media intern in Chicago, IL. He quickly worked his way up and earned a paid position as a field organizer in St. Louis, Missouri, overseeing youth engagement and campus get-out-the-vote efforts.
In 2008, Anderson founded 2DesignZ Graphic Design and in 2013, formally transitioned the company into Anderson Creative Strategies, a strategic digital design firm that supports small businesses and non-profit organizations professionalize they’re marketing materials and approach.
In 2014, Anderson served as Regional Field Director for Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action in La Plata County, Colorado in support of Sen. Tom Udall’s unsuccessful reelection effort. Later that year, he was named Campaign Director of the Coalition for Common Sense School Discipline Reform for VOYCE (Voices of Youth in Chicago Education). In that role, Anderson led a successful statewide school-to-prison pipeline reform campaign that culminated in the 2015 passage of the nation’s strongest school discipline reform legislation. He also played a key role in organizing Chicago’s first-ever youth-led mayoral forum in 2014 as a leading member of an organizing coalition that included Communities United and the Black Youth Project 100.
In 2016, Anderson founded The Justice Alliance on the heels of his successful work in Illinois. He was motivated by the passion and effectiveness of a campaign that properly utilized community stories and a strategic approach to achieve equality and equity. As gratifying as the Illinois success was, Louisiana is home. The Justice Alliance seeks to build on the success and lessons learned from Anderson’s experience leading the campaign in Illinois and bring those tools and perspective to Louisiana, his home.
The Justice Alliance
2016 - present
Founder of The Justice Alliance, a social enterprising 501(c)(4) organization committed to defending, advancing and pursuing policy solutions to issues of equality and equity.
2016 - present
Manager Marketing and Outreach
Supports the advancement of Groundswell's brand in communities of color and working communities.
Anderson Creative Strategies
2013 - present
Founder of Anderson Creative Strategies the firm provides a wide variety of communications and design services including graphic design social media marketing web design intranet development political messaging and strategic media consultation.
Dawn Collins for School Board
2015 - 2016
Digital Strategy Director
Developed the campaign's brand as well as all digital communications including the official campaign website.
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education
2014 - 2015
Led successful statewide legislative reform campaign addressing excessive exclusionary discipline in Illinois public schools and the school-to-prison pipeline. Developed and executed political, legislative and media strategy that led to the May 2015 passage of Senate Bill 100, the nation’s strongest school discipline reform legislation in U.S. history. Negotiated the bill’s final compromise secured political support for passage and developed strategic plan for post-passage messaging and implementation.
NextGen Climate Action
Regional Field Director
Oversaw the execution of the grassroots organizing and voter contact programs in the La Plata County, CO region while supervising voter information collection and maintenance.
Capital Area United Way
2013 - 2014
Developed cultivated and managed workplace fundraising campaigns on behalf of CAUW in the areas of professional services financial services insurance real estate non-profit organizations and government agencies (224 individual accounts). Also responsible for managing the charitable fundraising activity for federal employees through the Combined Federal Campaign for the Louisiana Middle District CFC for the Principle Combined Fund Organization (PCFO).
Law Office of Dan Scheuermann
Assisted Baton Rouge attorney Dan Scheuermann with employment discrimination suit for U.S. District Court performing extensive legal research utilizing LexisNexis and Westlaw legal databases. Identified complex legal issues compared favorable precedents and distinguished from negative precedents.
Paul M. Hebert Law Center - LSU
2010 - 2013
Served on the Academic Committee, Black Law Student's Association and founder of The LEXchange.
Louisiana State University
2010 - 2013
Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law
Graduate degree with a concentration on the contrast between common law and civil law in America.
Louisiana Tech University
2006 - 2010
Bachelor of Arts
Undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor concentration in Journalism.