Chanell Autrey currently serves as Director of Government Affairs for Target Corporation. In this role, she leads the government affairs strategy for the Mid-Atlantic Region/Great Lakes, which includes ten states. Prior to joining Target, she served as Senior Manager of Government and Community Affairs at Starbucks, where she managed government relations and curated community activations for their Mid-Atlantic Region. Chanell has also served as Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs for Monumental Sports and Entertainment. In this role, she led and executed the government relations strategy and public policy initiatives for four venues and six sports teams, including the Washington Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals.
A dedicated public policy lawyer, Chanell spent five years at the Council of the District of Columbia, serving in various roles, including as Committee Director for the Committee on Business & Economic Development. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and George Washington University Law School, Chanell began her professional career as an Assistant Public Defender in Baltimore and is an active member of the Maryland Bar Association.
Chanell has been named to the National Black Lawyers Top 40 under 40 and the National Bar Association’s Top 40 Under 40. She is a native of Washington, D.C. and a proud member of Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
What is one thing you would like to change about the D.C.’s criminal legal system this year?
I would reform the city’s expungement process.