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*We will name Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color whenever possible. We understand that each group is diverse and has varied historical and current experiences with racial inequality. 

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The Racial Justice Commission, empowered with the legal authority of a Charter Revision Commission, will seize the transformative potential of this moment in history to identify and propose structural changes and significant policy reforms that will advance racial justice and equity and begin to dismantle structural racism for all New Yorkers.

This work is necessary because systemic racism has been and continues to shape our reality.

Vision for Racial Equity

The worth, talents, and contributions of all people in society are valued and recognized. Race is not a determinant of economic, political, social, or psychological outcomes, as it neither confers privilege nor denies opportunities.

Framework for Charter Revision & Policy Work

In pursuit of racial equity, the Commission will examine the NYC Charter and City agencies to identify structural and institutional laws, regulations, policies, and practices that by design, implementation, or impact enable and perpetuate inequitable power, access and opportunity, and will put forward ballot proposals to both redress these injustices and ensure City adherence.


Present and past staff of the Racial Justice Commission.

Anusha Venkataraman
Executive Director

Harold Miller
Deputy Executive Director for External Affairs

Melanie Ash
General Counsel

Erin Berry
Deputy General Counsel

Bianca Isaias
Associate General Counsel

Rachel Cato
Chief of Operations

Tashawn Morgan
Deputy Chief of Staff

Jimmy Pan
Policy Director and Special Counsel

Sam Stanton
Senior Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel

Eden Mulate
Policy Advisor

Jacqueline Kennedy
Public Engagement Director

Chi Nguyễn
Senior Advisor

Steph Halpin
Communications Director

Davina Lee

Kapil Longani
Senior Advisor to the Racial Justice Commission


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