Class of 2018
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
New York, NY
Jyoti is a second-year law student who grew up in Boxborough, MA. She is a 2012 graduate of Harvard College, where she concentrated in history and literature and led the Harvard Model Congress and the Institute of Politics’ Women’s Initiative in Leadership. She also completed the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program and taught high school students at a charter school in the Boston area.
While finishing her senior year of college, Jyoti worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign in Chicago and West Palm Beach, FL. As a grassroots organizer, she coordinated one of Florida’s most successful volunteer operations and increased participation by promoting voter registration for eligible former felons and developing Spanish-language materials for the state’s growing Hispanic population. After the campaign, Jyoti served for two years as a political appointee in the Obama administration’s Office of the US Trade Representative. As special assistant to the US trade representative and then as director for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, she collaborated with diverse stakeholders to build bipartisan support for President Obama’s trade agenda, ultimately contributing to the successful passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation in June 2015.
At Harvard Law School, Jyoti is a member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project and the Harvard Civil Rights–Civil Liberties Law Review. She interned this past summer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of political participation, education, and criminal justice.