A former Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, Nisha Mistry has a decade of experience as an urban policy advisor, consultant and applied researcher. At Bloomberg Associates, Nisha is part of the Municipal Integrity team, where she manages client projects across a range of areas related to open governance, transparency and integrity systems at the local level.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Nisha served as Executive Director of the Urban Law Center at Fordham University. At Fordham, she implemented the Center’s inaugural Strategic Plan and oversaw a multi-year research partnership between Fordham Law School and UN-HABITAT’s Urban Legislation Unit. She is a recent participant in Expert Group Meetings convened by UN-HABITAT in preparation for the release of the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) in October 2016.
Previously, Nisha served in the administration of Mayor Cory A. Booker (City of Newark, New Jersey) as a Mayor’s Office Fellow and policy advisor to former Deputy Mayor Adam Zipkin. In Newark, she was responsible for launching the Newark Manufacturing Initiative and advising senior officials on multi-stakeholder strategies for expanding opportunities for Newark residents and small businesses in the city’s industrial sector.
Nisha holds a Masters (With Distinction) from the London School of Economics in City Design & Social Science, a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University. A licensed attorney, Nisha began her career in Brooklyn, in the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York City.
Nisha is a native New Yorker and speaks Gujarati, Hindi and German.