Farhang Heydari is the Executive Director of the Policing Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with communities and police to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. At the Policing Project, Farhang works across the country on issues ranging from the ethical deployment of AI policing technologies to the development of new use of force policies.
Prior to joining the Policing Project, Farhang was a Cochran Fellow and then an Associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a civil rights law firm with a national practice. At NSB, Farhang focused on representing individuals who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes and other victims of police and prosecutorial misconduct. Prior to joining NSB, Farhang clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz of the US. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Farhang has been a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School since 2015, working primarily with the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic, the same clinic that Farhang was a part of as a law student. Farhang is a 2011 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review and the director of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.