Class of 2011
B.A., Urban and Regional Planning, Eastern Washington University
Andra Kranzler and her mother moved to Renton, Wash., from Montana seeking a more diverse community with more opportunities. They found the diversity they desired, but a 15-year-old Kranzler was exposed to racism and classism that has guided her work and life.
Those experiences caused her to further her education and seek solutions to problems that had been exacerbated by “urban renewal” and gentrification. She earned a degree in urban planning, and became a housing advocate in Seattle and South King County and earned the law school’s coveted two-year Justice in Action Fellowship.
She is working on the Jobs and Race Equity Fellowship Project will be based at Columbia Legal Services to provide legal support to communities of color in the construction industry in South King County.
Kranzler said her passion has been fueled by the law school and the people she has met and the experiences she has had.
“Seattle University School of Law is a wonderful school and a great leader for social justice. I have been introduced to people doing this work. In law school, you learn how lawyers impact the law,” she said. “It’s a whole different thing to see how they impact the community.”