Nisha Agarwal

Deputy Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project


A child of immigrants from India, Nisha Agarwal became a public interest lawyer out of Harvard Law School, leading the Health Justice Program at NYLPI. She was deputy director and co-founder of the Center for Popular Democracy and executive director of the Immigrant Justice Corps. Agarwal served as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in De Blasio’s first term, building landmark initiatives like IDNYC and Cities for Action. In his second term, Agarwal was Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor to boost civic engagement and build DemocracyNYC’s efforts on immigration and disability rights. As a Deputy Executive Director at the International Refugee Assistance Project, Nisha currently oversees the departments of Policy, Communications, Legal Strategy, and Climate. She also enjoys gaming, travel and cats.