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Safeena Mecklai

Safeena Mecklai

Associate Vice President

Safeena joins Capalino+Company with experience in campaigning, organizing, and advocating to make government and not-for-profit organizations more effective and accessible. As Capalino+Company’s Associate Vice President, Safeena assists with Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), Corporate Social Responsibility, and not-for-profit related projects.

Safeena currently works as an Associate Vice President at Capalino+Company, where she provides strategic consulting to assist clients in navigating government and community relations in NYC.

Safeena brings to the team years of experience in millennial engagement, campaigning, organizing, and advocacy. Safeena is a graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, a post-graduate leadership training program in NYC. Safeena has worked on a variety of projects, including: successfully advocating for improved bicycle access to the World Trade Center with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; coordinating and managing volunteers during a high-profile electoral campaign; designing a voting access lobbying platform for the New York City teachers union; and recommending new metrics for measuring food security for the Office of the Mayor of New York City.

Prior to the Fellows Program, Safeena served as the chief lobbyist for the University of California, Berkeley student body at the local, state, and national levels. In her role, she led a team in a city-wide redistricting campaign that created the nation’s first “student district,” a city council district made up of a supermajority of students. Safeena’s office launched the California Public Higher Education Caucus, a Congressional caucus that advocates for California’s public higher education system at the Federal level.

Safeena also served as the Chair of the Board of the UC Student Association, a not-for profit organization, at which she represented over 230,000 students and coordinated campaigns across the ten UC campuses to expand affordability, accessibility, and diversity in higher education.

Before moving to New York City, Safeena was an appointed member of the City of Berkeley Community Health Commission and an ex-oficio member of the Telegraph Business Improvement District.

In 2017, Safeena was recognized by City & State Magazine as one of the top 25 women in advocacy in New York City.

Education: B.A., Media Studies and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley

Professional Affiliations: Graduate of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, Alumna of Alpha Chi Omega



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