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Lara Zarowsky

Executive & Policy Director

Lara Zarowsky is the Executive & Policy Director of the Washington Innocence Project. Following her work as non-partisan counsel in the Washington State Legislature, Lara joined Washington Innocence Project in 2010 to lead its policy efforts.

In 2011, Lara joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law to establish the Washington Innocence Project track of the Legislative Advocacy Clinic, which she directed from 2014 to 2019. Her clinic students championed a 2013 law to compensate Washington’s wrongly convicted, a 2015 law to preserve biological evidence collected from crime scenes, and a 2019 law to establish and implement best practices for gathering and use of eyewitness and incentivized witness evidence. In 2021 Lara led the successful legislative effort to mandate the recording of all custodial interrogations in Washington State.

Lara serves as Co-Vice President of the international Innocence Network Executive Board where she leads the coalition’s efforts to design its evolved future structure.  She received her undergraduate degree from the Evergreen State College, is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, alumna of the Washington Innocence Project Clinic, and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the University of Washington.