Jenifer Rajkumar

Jenifer Rajkumar serves in the Executive Chamber of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. She led a statewide effort to ensure immigrants in New York State have access to counsel through the Governor's first-in-the-nation Liberty Defense Project. Rajkumar has a wide range of experience in litigation, policy, and politics. She practiced civil rights law for several years at Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP, focusing on class action litigation on behalf of the disenfranchised. She was part of the legal team on Velez v. Novartis, which was ranked by the U.N. as one of the top 10 cases in the world advancing women's rights.  She teaches Political Science as a Professor at CUNY's Lehman College. She is a panelist on the national PBS Show "To the Contrary" which airs to over 1 million viewer nationwide. In 2011, she became the first Indian American elected to the political office of District Leader in Manhattan, an office she won with 70% of the vote. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School with pro bono distinction and the University of Pennsylvaniamagna cum laude, and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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