Brendon Woods

Public Defender, Alameda County Public Defender’s Office
Twitter: @BrendonWoodsPD
Brendon Woods, appointed Public Defender of Alameda County in 2012, has over 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation and is a nationally recognized leader in public defense. Based on formative experiences with law enforcement as a young Black man, Mr. Woods dedicated his career to fighting for those who are battling systems of oppression through holistic representation of his clients and greater community, which includes implementing innovative programs in his office like full-time Social Workers, an Immigration Representation Unit, and VOICE (Voter Outreach Increases Community Empowerment), which registers incarcerated individuals to vote and which was awarded the Program of the Year Award in 2017 from the California Public Defenders Association (CPDA). He is the first African American Public Defender in Alameda County’s history, is a Board Member and former President of the CPDA, and was honored with the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law.