Na’ilah Amaru serves as Deputy Director of the Democracy Project at State Innovation Exchange. In this role, Na’ilah collaborates with state legislators across the country to advance progressive democracy reforms and defend voting rights. Her interdisciplinary background brings 15+ years of policy, political, and organizing experience from the non-profit and government sectors at the local, state, and national levels. Most recently, she was a legislative advocate for Let New York Vote, a state-wide organization founded to bring voting reforms to the Empire State. Previously, she served as policy advisor to former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, legislative aide to U.S. Congressman John Lewis, and executive director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus. Na’ilah is also a distinguished Army veteran and ammunition specialist. As the lowest ranking soldier and only woman to receive her battalion’s Soldier of the Month recognition, she was also awarded an Army Commendation Medal for exemplary service in Iraq. Na’ilah achieved her Master’s in Public Administration, Policy Analysis, from The University of Texas at San Antonio; a Master of Public Policy, Non-Profit Management, from Georgia State University; and a Master’s in Urban Affairs, Urban Planning, from Hunter College in New York City. She earned her BA in Political Science and a BS in Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at San Antonio.