Nisha Agarwal is an accomplished public interest lawyer and a leading voice in immigration reform at the local and national level. Her tenure as the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs is marked by her entrepreneurial drive and proven record of enacting pro-immigrant legislation. Prior to her MOIA appointment, she worked with Judge Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to establish the Immigrant Justice Corps, a new nonprofit that recruits recent law school graduates and partners with non-profit legal services providers to offer free legal representation to immigrants. She was previously Deputy Director of the Center for Popular Democracy, the groundbreaking nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to advancing pro-immigrant, pro-equality, and pro-justice policies at the grassroots and national levels, which she co-founded in 2012. Prior to CPD, she served as Director of the Health Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Honored by numerous recognitions, including Crain’s New York Business’ 40 Under 40, Commissioner Agarwal received her B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University. She currently lives in Brooklyn.