A Life-Long Fighter for Brooklyn
Farah Louis is a first-generation Brooklynite, an experienced leader in the City Council, an esteemed community organizer and publicist with over 15 years of experience and dedication to advocacy and public service.
Public service, workers’ rights and community empowerment are passions that Farah inherited from her family. Both of her parents were Caribbean immigrants from Haiti who worked on behalf of their community: Farah’s mother as a long-time healthcare professional and 1199 member; her father as a law enforcement professional and later a yellow cab driver. And both left Farah with a sense of service for her community and the absolutely critical role that unions play in helping people who work for little pay to achieve a stable, middle class life in our City.
In pursuit of public service, Farah is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Budget Director for Council Member Jumaane Williams (Council District 45). In this role, she represents the Council Member with the district’s faith community; coordinates amongst not-for-profits in receipt of city funding to ensure services are delivered for constituents; oversees the constituent services operations for the district office; and manages participatory budgeting submissions from community groups for the annual City Council budget process. Farah has also developed a number of introductions and legislation to create local laws in her role.
Farah grew in responsibility year after year with Council Member Williams, beginning in his office as Director of Community Outreach. Prior to her time at the New York City Council, Farah spent eight years as a mental health professional and healthcare administrator in Brooklyn, during which she was an active 1199 member.
Along with her service in the Council, Farah has successfully launched a number of aggressive grassroots initiatives with various city agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. She has facilitated workshops across the city and state including Brooklyn and hosted community events with and for various elected officials, including former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson, then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Senator Kevin Parker, City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Assembly Member Helene Weinstein and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte.
Farah Louis is the founder of Girls Leading Up (GLU), an organization that offers educational workshops, programs and mentorship opportunities to prepare young women to become emerging global leaders and to ensure young women are mentally, emotionally and skillfully ready to compete in today’s challenging economic market.
In 2018, Farah ran an aggressive campaign and was elected by the Flatbush residents as a Judicial Delegate for the 42nd Assembly District. In her role, she has coordinated judicial workshops to educate community on the judicial process and civil rights in the courts.
Farah holds a Masters in Public Administration, from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Bachelors in English from Long Island University. Farah is also a proud product of the New York City public school system, attending Midwood High School in the heart of Flatbush.
In her free time, Farah enjoys teaching dance.