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K. Sabeel Rahman

Board Member

Sabeel Rahman is an associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, and a co-founder and co-chair of the Law and Political Economy Project, a network of legal scholars exploring themes of economic power, democracy, and equity in the legal construction of 21st-century capitalism. His research and writing focuses on the challenges to building an inclusive, multiracial democracy and tackling systemic economic inequality.

From 2021-2023, he served in the Biden Administration running the White House’s regulatory policy office, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where his team was responsible for coordinating and finalizing major Executive branch regulatory actions from COVID and economic recovery response to immigration, education, housing and infrastructure, and much more. At OIRA, he also helped develop the Administration’s approach to open government policy and helped lead the implementation of the Administration’s whole-of-government efforts to advance equity.

From 2018-2021, he served as president of Demos, a think-and-do tank dedicated to advancing a multiracial, inclusive democracy through research, strategic litigation, partnerships with grassroots movements, and advocacy campaigns. He has previously taught at Harvard Law School and has been a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, New America, and the Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He received his A.B. summa cum laude in social studies from Harvard College; his M.Sc in Economics for Development and M.St in Sociolegal Studies from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his Ph.D from the Harvard Government Department.

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