Ami Gandhi, Senior Counsel

Ami Gandhi, Senior Counsel


Ami Gandhi is a Senior Counsel and works to reduce barriers to voting and improve civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities. Ami’s experience includes leading statewide voter protection for the 2016 and 2018 elections, partnering with community members in the criminal justice system to expand voter access, advocating for communities of color during Illinois redistricting, and advising local election boards as they implemented the first Hindi ballots in the country. She previously worked as the Executive Director of South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI), where she led initiatives in voting rights, immigrants’ rights, and other civil rights and racial justice issues. Prior to her work at SAAPRI, Ami worked as the Legal Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and as a commercial litigation attorney at Freeborn & Peters LLP.

Ami serves on the boards of Common Cause Illinois and American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. She participates in the Law and Politics Think Tank with incarcerated community members at Stateville Correctional Center. She also serves on the Language Access Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Study at Northwestern University. Ami co-chaired the Good Governance Committee of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Transition Team, and she also served on Governor JB Pritzker’s Transition Committee on Equality, Equity, and Opportunity.

Ami received the 2018 Early Career Alumni Award from Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the 2015 Public Interest Award from South Asian Bar Association of North America, and the 2015 Changemaker Award from Chicago Fair Trade for her role in passing anti-sweatshop laws. Ami earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in psychology and cognitive science from Indiana University.  

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