Farah Louis is a first-generation Brooklynite whose upbringing in an immigrant and pro-union household would propel her into advocacy, community organizing, and ultimately a career in public service.
Her parents emigrated from Haiti to Brooklyn where they overcame language barriers, discrimination, and other challenges while rebuilding their lives in Brooklyn as a middle-class family. Louis’ mother was a long-time healthcare professional and 1199SEIU member while her father worked as a law enforcement professional and later a yellow cab driver. Their experience, determination, and service to the community would serve as a foundation for Louis’ work in social justice, immigrants’ and workers’ rights, gender equity, and women’s empowerment.
Louis is an experienced leader in the City Council, where she began as the Director of Community Outreach for former Council Member Jumaane D. Williams of the 45th District in Brooklyn. Her responsibilities quickly grew and she was ultimately promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff and Budget Director. In this capacity, she worked with faith-based and community stakeholders to expand access to critical programs and services for local residents. Additionally, she ensured the district office was a liaison between constituents and city agencies; oversaw the allocation of $4 million in discretionary funding for nonprofit organizations;