Sumaiya Islam guides the work of Open Society Justice Initiative in Asia with a focus on strengthening basic justice services for underserved communities. Islam initiated, developed, and managed legal empowerment projects in several countries, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Malaysia, the United States, Greece, and Pakistan.
As a community organizer in Los Angeles, she organized communities around tenants and immigrant rights, and led South Asian advocacy efforts in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C. Since 2011, Islam has led regional policy discussions on justice sector reform in South Asia and South East Asia.
She has an MA degree in conflict resolution in divided societies from King’s College London, and a BA in economics and chemistry (law track) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was a Community Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles.