Participant Profile

Niketa Brar

United States

Niketa Brar is a policy strategist and civic systems organizer working to grow the community-led policymaking movement in Chicago. In her role as co-founder and executive director of Chicago United for Equity, she works to transform civic systems to be designed by the communities they serve. Niketa organized Chicago’s first public Racial Equity Impact Assessment, a community process that set national precedent for stopping a school closure on the grounds of racial discrimination, designed the Vote Equity Project, an award-winning citywide voter guide built by thousands of residents. She co-created the People’s Budget Chicago, an inclusive, community-led process to define budget values and priorities for the City of Chicago that center the needs and priorities of its most impacted communities, create an accountability framework, and ultimately design a budget that works for all.