Alvin Bragg

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Alvin Bragg
Personal details
Born1973 or 1974 (age 47–48)
Manhattan, New York City
Political partyDemocratic
Alma mater
  • Harvard College (AB)
  • Harvard Law School (JD)

Alvin Leonard Bragg Jr. (born 1974 or 1975) is an American attorney from the state of New York. He is a candidate for New York County District Attorney. Bragg is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Bragg is from the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, where he grew up on Striver's Row.[1] He graduated from the Trinity School,[2] before he attended Harvard College. He graduated from Harvard cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in government in 1995,[1][3] and earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.[3][2]


Bragg clerked for Robert P. Patterson Jr. before he joined the law firm Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello as an associate. His work there focused on white collar fraud and civil rights issues. In 2003, he joined the office of the attorney general of New York under Eliot Spitzer, before becoming the chief of litigation and investigations for the New York City Council. In 2009, Bragg left the city council to serve as assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.[4]

In 2017, Eric Schneiderman, then serving as attorney general, appointed Bragg to be chief deputy attorney general of New York.[5] He ran the criminal justice and social justice divisions, and oversaw lawsuits brought by the state against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company, and the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 United States Census. He left the role in December 2018.[6] He became a professor at the New York Law School, where he became co-director of the Racial Justice Project.[7] Bragg is a member of the board of directors for the Legal Aid Society. He has represented the families of Ramarley Graham and Eric Garner in civil litigation against New York City.[8]

In June 2019, Bragg announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for New York County District Attorney, held by Cy Vance.[6] Vance opted not to run for reelection.[9] Bragg led all candidates in the reported vote count the night of the primary on June 22.

Personal life[edit]

Bragg married Jamila Marie Ponton in 2003.[10] They have two children.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Anointed One | News | The Harvard Crimson".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paul, Deanna (May 9, 2021). "Alvin Bragg Leans on Harlem Roots in Manhattan District Attorney Race". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Manhattan District Attorney Race: Alvin Bragg Profile | Washington Heights, NY Patch". Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  5. "A.G. Schneiderman Announces Appointment Of New Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg And Executive Deputy Attorney General Margaret Garnett | New York State Attorney General". September 18, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
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  8. "A Life-Long Fight For Justice Spurred Alvin Bragg Into the Manhattan DA Race". The Indypendent. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  9. Durkin, Erin. "Former federal prosecutor close to winning Manhattan DA primary". Politico PRO.
  10. "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Jamila Ponton, Alvin Bragg Jr. - The New York Times". November 2, 2003. Retrieved June 23, 2021.

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