Nisha Agarwal

Lecturer in Law

Nisha Agarwal is Commissioner of the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and co-founder of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), a national nonprofit that seeks to transform the state and local policy landscape through deep, long-lasting partnerships with community organizing groups around the country. At CPD, Nisha coordinated legislative campaigns on health care, immigration and civil rights policies and was part of the senior leadership team responsible for strategic planning, institution-building and fundraising. Nisha came to CPD from her position as the Director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, where she led legislative and policy campaigns to reduce health disparities, including several initiatives on language access, quality of care for Medicaid beneficiaries, and the loss of health services in low-income communities color.

Nisha sits on the Board of Trustees for Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She is also the co-founder of the Summer Theory Institute at Harvard Law School. Nisha earned her BA, summa cum laude, from Harvard College and received a British Marshall Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford.  Nisha received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2006.