Dmitri Holtzman

  • Lecturer in Law

Dmitri Holtzman is the Director of Education Justice Campaigns at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). Dmitri is leading CPD's education justice organizing and campaign strategy and works with our partner organizations and coalitions to organize for a high quality, equitable and accessible public education system. Before joining CPD, he was the founding executive director of the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) in South Africa. The EELC is the sister organization to and primary litigation partner of the youth-led social movement, Equal Education (EE). Both organizations build nation-wide campaigns to improve South Africa’s public education system, harness youth leadership and advance the constitutional right to basic education. Prior to his position at the EELC he was Equal Education’s parliamentary liaison officer, researcher and media spokesperson. He was also a founding member of the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) and a PILnet (Public Interest Law Network) International Human Rights Law Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of the Western Cape.