Chicago United for Equity
Niketa Brar serves as the founding executive director of Chicago United for Equity. She comes to this work from a career working to bring a community-centered approach to government, starting during her time advising a city councilmember in Oakland, California. She has served as a consultant and policy adviser to elected leaders ranging from school board to municipal and state leadership roles.
Niketa began her career in direct service, spending five years as an investigator with the DC Public Defender’s Office and later as a teacher and dean in Title I schools. She currently serves on the Local School Council at National Teachers Academy, a Level 1+ school serving a majority Black, majority low-income student population. She co-founded CUE with LSC President Elisabeth Greer as they worked together to organize parents, students, and a larger citywide coalition to fight this school closing.
Niketa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs from the George Washington University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from American University, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan. She is the proud partner of a Chicago Public Schools teacher and mom to a future CPS student.