Farah Louis

45th District Council Member

The Equity Impact Award

Farah N. Louis is a first-generation Brooklynite who was raised in an immigrant and pro-union household — an experience that later propelled her into advocacy, community organizing, and ultimately a career in public service. In 2012, she founded Girls Leading Up (GLU), an organization seeking to transform girls and young women into emerging leaders through mentoring and hands-on experience. Her dedication to youth and women’s empowerment stems from life-changing experiences that she has used to enact positive change.

After nearly six years of service as a staffer, in 2019, Louis became the first woman to represent the 45th District which comprises Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands, and Kensington in Brooklyn, NY. During her first term in office, Council Member Louis rolled out an ambitious agenda and spearheaded critical legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence; close the food insecurity gap; expand access to nonprofit services, education, reproductive rights, and healthcare.

She was re-elected in 2021 for a second term in office. Louis is a member of the committees on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations; Education; Finance; Land Use; Transportation and Infrastructure; and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. In January 2022, she was appointed as Chair of the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sitings, and Maritime Uses. One month later, she was re-elected as Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus and then elected as Co-Chair of the Brooklyn Delegation. Council Member Louis is also a member of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus as well as the Progressive Caucus.

As a staunch believer in civic engagement, Louis has worked closely with elected officials, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses to bridge the opportunity gap through education. Her parents emigrated from Haiti to Brooklyn where they overcame language barriers, discrimination, and other challenges while rebuilding their lives in Brooklyn as a middle-class family. Louis’ mother was a long-time healthcare professional and 1199 member while her father worked as a law enforcement professional and later a yellow cab driver. Their experience, determination, and service to the community would serve as a foundation for Louis’ work in social justice, immigrants’ and workers’ rights, gender equity, and women’s empowerment.