Grande Lum is Director of the Divided Community Project (DCP) at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. DCP’s mission is to strengthen communities so they can transform community division into positive action. DCP’s initiatives include establishing programs in advance of civil unrest.
Mr. Lum is also a Lecturer at Law and Research Fellow at Stanford Law School. Previously, Grande Lum was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2012 as the Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS), an agency within the Department of Justice. Mr. Lum guided CRS during a time when race and law enforcement reemerged as a critical national priority. Prominent conflicts between law enforcement and race that occurred during his administration included those involving tragedies in Sanford, Ferguson, and Baltimore.
Before joining CRS, Grande Lum was a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law, where he directed the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Mr. Lum previously founded the training firm Accordence, where he remains Senior Advisor. He was also Director of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program in the United States Small Business Administration. During his career, Mr. Lum mediated labor-management contract issues and conflicts involving differences such as race and religion. He authored The Negotiation Fieldbook and Tear Down the Wall: Be Your Own Mediator in Conflict. Mr. Lum currently serves on the Human and Civil Rights Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a Senior Advisor to Nextdoor, a social network company. Grande Lum received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.