Council Member, Brooklyn, New York
Council Member Farah N. Louis represents the 45th Council District, which includes the diverse neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Kensington, Flatlands, Marine Park, and Canarsie. After assuming office in 2019, Council Member Louis has fought for the affordability and livability of New York City as a champion for affordable housing, small business sustainability, and equitable healthcare to improve the quality of life. She continues to tackle challenging social issues as Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino/a, and Asian Caucus while taking a stand for gender equity as the Co-Chair of the Women’s Caucus by sponsoring legislation on sexual harassment and the gender wage gap. Within the first 100 days in office, her first piece of legislation, Resolution 978, which calls upon Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 was adopted by the New York City Council.
During her nearly two-year tenure, she has prioritized critical legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence, close the food insecurity gap, expand access to nonprofit services, education, reproductive rights, and healthcare. As the newly-appointed Chair of the Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addictions, Council Member Louis will fight tirelessly to expand access to equitable services for all New Yorkers seeking supportive services.
Council Member Louis, a first-generation Brooklynite, was raised in an immigrant and pro-union household. This experience later propelled her into advocacy, community organizing, and ultimately a career in public service. As a staunch believer in civic engagement, she collaborates closely with elected officials, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses to advance fair representation, racial and gender equity, and inclusion throughout New York City.