Nayantara Mehta is Senior Counsel with Alliance for Justice’s West Coast Office in Oakland, CA. She works through Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative to ensure that communities, and the nonprofits that represent them, have a voice in the policy decisions that affect them. She consults with and trains nonprofit organizations throughout the country on rules and strategies for legal and effective advocacy, including lobbying, election-related activity, and ballot measure advocacy. She also provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy by their grantees and the nonprofit sector.

Nayantara holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She is the Secretary of the Board of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, a statewide environmental justice organization based in Oakland, and serves on the Executive Board of the American Constitution Society Bay Area Lawyer chapter.

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