Azadeh Zohrabi

Development Director

Fundraising, Legal and Policy Advocacy, Racial Justice, Community Organizing, Leadership Development, Campaign Development, Non-Profit Management, Public Speaking.

Email: azadeh[at]
Phone: 510.915.3717
Twitter: @AzadehZohrabi


As director of development, Azadeh leads LSPC’s fundraising efforts and supports the overall management of the organization. As the daughter of two formerly incarcerated parents, Azadeh is intimately familiar with the intergenerational impacts of imprisonment. She brings over 10 years of community organizing, policy, advocacy, and research experience to her work. An attorney by training, Azadeh previously worked as a Soros Justice Fellow at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children where she served on the litigation team representing Pelican Bay prisoners in the federal lawsuit which resulted in a landmark agreement to end indefinite solitary confinement in California. Before returning to LSPC, Azadeh worked at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights where she lead the organization’s national work and co-authored the groundbreaking report, Who Pays: The True Cost of Incarceration on Families.

Her work has been cited by courts, attorneys, and scholars and has been featured in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Ebony, Mother Jones and Al Jazeera. Azadeh earned her BA from UC Riverside where she studied Ethnic Studies and a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is a graduate and active alumni of the Women’s Policy Institute and New Leaders Council Oakland.

Azadeh Zohrabi, National Lawyers Guild Convention 2013
To help former prisoners rebuild lives, don’t ban them from public housing, The Guardian, October 28, 2015
Are Black Women Paying the Costs of Incarceration?, Ebony, September 18, 2015
Report Details Economic Hardships for Inmate Families, NY Times, September 15, 2015
Creating the Bad Mother: How the US Approach to Pregnancy in Prisons Violates the Right to Be a Mother. UCLA Women’s Law Journal 18, no. 1 (2010)
Resistance and Repression: The Black Guerrilla Family in Context, Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal 9:1 (2012)