Adrienne Wheeler grew up in a military family in Savannah, Georgia.
She received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2001. During her time in New York City, she led teams of NLG Legal Observers® that monitored police activity during the Republican National Convention protests in 2004. She also co-facilitated “Know Your Rights” trainings and education on search and seizure issues with a Brooklyn legal collective.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Adrienne traveled to New Orleans to survey city residents living in hotels as part of a local legal advocacy project aimed at stopping scheduled demolitions that lacked homeowner consent.
Her continued work in the streets and law offices of New York informed her research on the politicized policing of social movements. That work culminated in a 2008 Master’s degree from New York University, after which Adrienne returned to New Orleans to attend Loyola College of Law.
She graduated in 2011 and is currently an Echoing Green Fellow and Co-Founder/Director of the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana.