Nate Bennett Fleming is a native of Washington D.C and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia's David A. Clarke School of Law. In 2007, he received his B.A. with Honors from Morehouse College, where he was Executive Director of the Student Government Association. Nate is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. While in law school, he was awarded a Harvard Public Service Fellowship, which fully funded study as a graduate fellow in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Professor Bennett Fleming studied at the Kennedy School during the 2008 and 2009 academic years.
At Berkeley Law, Nate served as an Editor for the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy; served as a research assistant for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Center for Race, Ethnicity, and the Law; worked as a summer associate at Patton Boggs LLP and Alston Bird LLP; was a legislative assistant to two members of the Council of the District of Columbia and was a legal fellow for the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises. At Harvard, Nate served as Reviews Editor for theHarvard Journal of African- American Public Policy.
Prior to attending law school, Nate worked in finance at Goldman Sachs, served as the Deputy National Director for African-American Religious Outreach for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign, worked in the office of Congresswoman Eleanor H. Norton (D-DC), and was a senior aide in a winning Senate campaign. He is currently the U.S. Representative for the District of Columbia. Because of the District of Columbia’s lack of voting representation in Congress, Nate's role as the District’s U.S. Representative, commonly known as the Shadow Representative, is to advocate for voting congressional representation, self-determination rights, and statehood for the District of Columbia.
Nate's track record as a creative problem solver, strong advocate and skilled attorney with a commitment to advancing social justice and economic opportunity prepares him to be a fighter for the residents of the District of Columbia. As one of the city's elected lobbyists to Congress on the issues of statehood and self-determination, Nate got to work immediately. He collaborated with the Mayor and Congresswoman Norton to gain support for DC statehood bills in both the Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 1993, advocated for successful implement of the DC budget autonomy referendum and fought for DC to remain open during the federal shutdown.
Nate, the youngest citywide official since Home Rule, used his office to hold over 100 meetings in the past year with Congressional offices to boost the number of co-sponsors for the statehood bills, with 59 members of the House of Representatives now co-sponsoring the bill. He also engaged and encourage high school and college students in the district to be advocates for the issue. With scarce resources and little formal authority, Nate helped to build a coalition that is successful in advocating for DC in Congress.
Nate was awarded the 2012-2013 Yale Entrepreneurial Fellowship and named to Jet Magazine's Top 40 African Americans under 40 for his work as a co-founder of BlackStartup, a crowdfunding platform for ideas and projects that positively impact the African American community
Now, Nate is looking to use the successful model he has build as a public servant and professional to build coalitions and provide common-sense solutions to our most pressing issues.