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Sumayyah Waheed

Senior Policy Counsel

Sumayyah Waheed is a policy expert with over fifteen years of experience in progressive legal and policy advocacy at the local, state and national levels. Her work has covered issues from the criminal legal system to workers' rights, racial justice and tax policy.

Sumayyah led statewide juvenile and criminal justice campaigns at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California, playing a key role in the movement to dismantle the state's youth prison system. More recently, she directed the All In For Washington campaign to reform Washington state's tax code. She has also worked for Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization, and city and county governments from Oakland to Seattle.

Currently, she serves on the board of CAIR-Washington, the only Muslim civil rights organization in the state.

Sumayyah earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from The Ohio State University.