Kumar Rao is Senior Counsel at the Center for Popular Democracy, where he directs racial justice policy work, including supporting partner organizations and elected officials in the fight for racial equity and criminal justice transformation at the local, state, and federal levels. Kumar is presently also a Scholar with the Institute for Social Policy & Understanding, for whom he led a major study into the disparate legal and media treatment that suspects of ideological violence receive based on their perceived racial and religious identity. A former litigator and public defender, he has represented thousands of clients in state and federal court, in both criminal and civil matters, and has counseled offices on the delivery of legal services and effective client representation practices. Kumar holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law and a B.B.A with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.