Founding Member

Azadeh Zohrabi

Born into a lineage of activists and demonstrators, Azadeh Zohrabi is a natural leader who understands the intergenerational impacts of imprisonment and has a deep conviction to advocate for the underdog.

With extensive experience in public policy, leadership development, community organizing, and management, she is devoted to organizing for freedom, healing, equity, and wellness within communities and people historically underserved and disenfranchised. With a visionary eye, strategic mind, and heart for possibilities, she is a changemaker in leadership development for women and emerging talent and holistic social justice practice.

Currently directing her service for liberation in criminal justice reform and finding alternatives to incarceration, she is Director of the Underground Scholars Program at UC Berkeley.

Through her public speaking, leadership coaching, and strategy consulting for non-profit organizations, Azadeh helps individuals make change from the inside out to cultural impact. She believes we each have the capacity to make the world a just and right place to live safely, together.

Her work has been cited by courts, attorneys, and scholars and has been featured in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Ebony, Mother Jones, and Al Jazeera. Azadeh earned her BA from UC Riverside where she studied Ethnic Studies and a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an active alumna of the Women’s Policy Institute, Soros Justice Fellowship, and New Leaders Council Oakland.