Azadeh Khalili

Recipient of the 2007 Compass Award

Azadeh Khalili is the Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. The Office is a bridge between immigrant communities and New York City government, providing policy analysis and constituency services. Before her appointment at the Mayor’s Office, she was one of the ten children and Family Fellows with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For over eight years, Azadeh served as the CEO of the Youthbase, an agency that provided technical assistance to all New York City public high schools on youth-centered HIV/AIDS education. Prior to founding Youthbase, Azadeh worked on behalf of marginalized communities and individuals serving immigrants, prisoners, former-offenders, and inner-city youth.

During the past ten years, Azadeh has facilitated national and international workshops on leadership skills for activists, and eliminating racism and internalized racism. Born in Iran, Azadeh holds an M.P.H. from Columbia University and was a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University.