Farah Brelvi has a long history working for the full spectrum of international human and civil rights.
In 2005, she was one of several friends and colleagues from the nascent National Association of Muslim Lawyers who believed that the most effective way to support the Muslim American community was to pool their resources, lived experiences, education and professional expertise to found Muslim Advocates, whose Board she served until 2009.
She is the current chair of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of NorCal Foundation and ACLU of NorCal Union, which work in collaboration with many community-led groups to secure the US constitutional promises to the residents of Northern California. In this role she has led the boards through policy deliberations, significant evaluative and reform processes, prioritized and worked to build healthy organizational cultures, and works in close supportive partnership with the executive director.
She is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Justice and Accountability, a survivor-centered international human rights organization working in US and other national courts. The ACLU-NorCal and CJA, her organizational ideological homes, both share a commitment to healthy organizational cultures and work in respectful partnership with their clients, their generous donors, and the other vital non-profit organizations in their social justice sectors. At both organizations she has played an important role in recruiting new executive leadership. She attributes her strengths as a leader to ones she learned from her staff and board partners at these organizations.
As a litigator at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, Farah did broad-ranging general litigation; her primary practice was representing women and African-American plaintiffs in the long-standing employment discrimination lawsuit against the fire department in Birmingham, Alabama. She also worked as a desk officer with the United Nations Civilian Human Rights Mission in Haiti and served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. She is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School.
Farah values the many other organizations working in, with and for the Muslim community in the United States and brings to Muslim Advocates a commitment to listen, learn, serve and hold herself and her colleagues accountable. She is as eager to help shepherd Muslim Advocates through this important inflection point in its distinguished history as she is to help find the new generation of leadership and return to her Bay Area life.