|Address||8620 Park Lane |
Woodhaven, New York , United States
|| September 01, 1982
Aug 25, 2021 01:32pm
|Info||Jenifer Rajkumar is the daughter of immigrants who came to the United States from India with just $300 and a suitcase. Her parents taught her that, in America, to whom much is given, much is expected. Born and raised in New York, she has dedicated her life to social justice. |
A national civil rights lawyer, as well as a locally elected Democratic District Leader in Lower Manhattan, Jenifer is a graduate of Stanford Law School (pro bono distinction) and UPenn (phi beta kappa, magna cum laude). For her achievements, she was named a "Rising Star: 40 Under 40" by City & State. She was also awarded a 2012 "Young Woman of Achievement Award" by WIN (Women’s Information Network).
NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER
Upon graduating from Stanford Law School, Jenifer became a civil rights lawyer at Sanford Heisler, a national civil rights law firm that litigates landmark cases focusing on women, minorities, and all vulnerable groups experiencing discrimination in the workplace. She also stood up against corporate criminals on cases against corporate fraud. Currently, Jenifer is Of Counsel in Sanford Heisler's New York office.
Jenifer also spent a year as a policy fellow at the National Women's Law Center in Washington D.C., a lead policy organization for women nationally, where she advocated for the healthcare of women and their families during the making of the landmark ObamaCare legislation.
Before stepping down to run for City Council, Jenifer sat on the national board of directors of the Women's Campaign Fund, a national organization that aims to increase the number of women in elected office all across the country, at all levels of government. Additionally, she served on the Executive Committee of WIN, a DC-Based organization that aims to train the next generation of young, democratic, pro choice women leaders.
LOCAL DEMOCRATIC DISTRICT LEADER
Elected overwhelmingly in 2011 with nearly 70% of the vote, Jenifer is a Democratic District Leader for parts of Lower Manhattan extending from Battery Park City to SoHo to the Lower East Side to the Financial District to North of Little Italy. As District Leader, Jenifer is an advocate for the Lower Manhattan community to our government elected officials and other agencies.
Jenifer was a leader in restoring M9 bus service to Battery Park City. Thanks to her tireless advocacy, the M9 now once again connects Battery Park City with the Lower East Side and Chinatown. M9 Bus Service was also expanded to Bellevue Hospital and the NYU Medical Center, creating a crucial connection for downtown residents to a hospital.
Manhattan County Leader Keith Wright appointed Jenifer to Co-Chair a brand new Youth Committee for Manhattan's Democratic Party. In this capacity, she helped galvanize our youth to become involved in community service and the political process.
Responsive to the needs of the post-9/11 and post-Sandy community that she represents, Jenifer serves as Chief Community Outreach and Government Relations Director for the Battery Park City CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), which prepares local citizens to protect the Lower Manhattan community from future terrorist attacks or natural disasters.
Jenifer also is an active member of the Community Alliance Against NYU 2031 (CAAN), a coalition of concerned citizens in the Greenwich Village area that opposes NYU's expansion plan into the Greenwich Village neighborhood.
She is a member of Save Our Seaport (SOS), where she is actively involved in preserving the historic character of her district's South Street Seaport, and advocating for the survival of small businesses and entrepreneurship in this Sandy-ravaged area.
She is a member of both the SoHo Alliance and the Friends of Petrosino Square, where she advocates for the SoHo community on a grassroots level.
In the Financial District, Jenifer is a member of the local Lions Club, which brings together community servants from the financial hub in her district on social justice projects.
In 2012, Jenifer was elected to serve as the Legal Director of the New York State Young Democrats, a state-wide organization for the next generation of democratic leaders.