Imani R. Oakley
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
United States Senate, Constituent Advocate

Imani R. Oakley, Esq. is a Constituent Advocate for Senator Cory A. Booker. Her portfolio consists of affordable housing issues, mortgages, taxes, student loans, consumer protection, pensions, and postal services. This past year, Imani was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Montclair Branch NAACP's 102nd Thurgood Marshall Freedom Fund Dinner & Awards Ceremony where she spoke about the theme "Face the Hate and VOTE" with an emphasis on protecting the voting process for the nation's most vulnerable communities.

Before being hired as a member of Senator Booker’s staff, Imani has been a strong advocate for the de-criminalization and legalization of marijuana. In 2017, Imani was a panel speaker for the Drug Policy Alliance's International Drug Policy Reform Conference where she spoke about her experience in effecting D.C.’s local marijuana legalization laws as a student advocate. Moreover, Imani was invited to participate in the 2016 Minority Cannabis Business Association’s Policy Summit where she helped draft model legislation for the legalization of marijuana in a manner that promotes access to the legal cannabis industry for communities of color.

Furthering her endeavors to serve as an advocate for the systemically powerless, in 2015 Imani was a legal observer during the anti-police brutality protests in Baltimore, where she ensured that the First Amendment rights of protestors were not infringed upon. During this same year, Imani spent her summer working for the South African non-profit, Ndifuna Ukwazi, where she collected affidavits on property and sewage conditions from South African communities that suffered under Apartheid and are still experiencing Apartheid’s harsh effects, even in its aftermath.

Imani earned her Bachelor's degree from Howard University, a Master's degree from New York University, and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. While enrolled in law school, Imani was a member of the Legislative Legal Clinic where she drafted policy reports for non-profit organizations focused on criminal justice reform. As the Captain of Oral Advocacy for the Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team at Howard, Imani distinguished herself among national and international competitors as the 2016 Best Oralist at the Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

Imani is delighted to have been accepted into NLC's 2019 class and she hopes to continue to utilize her skills and expertise to further progressive change throughout the program and beyond.