Shekar Krishnan

Mr. Krishnan has spent a decade serving the communities of color of North Brooklyn that have faced serious threats of residential displacement. Representing a coalition of 40 community organizations, he led years of litigation against the City of New York over a rezoning in North Brooklyn that violated the Fair Housing Act, resulting in a landmark settlement just two years ago that set precedent across NYC. Mr. Krishnan has worked closely with tenant organizers and community partners in the representation of tenant associations against criminal landlords. He is also a longtime activist in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the largest immigrant communities, especially South Asian, in the country. He has authored numerous articles on these issues of community advocacy and lawyering and led citywide efforts around the provision of anti-displacement legal services. Mr. Krishnan previously directed housing litigation at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A. He had also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein of (EDNY) and as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP and Patterson Belknap. The perspective gained from his years of public interest litigation work is what pushed Mr. Krishnan to co-found Communities Resist. He is currently the City Council Elect for District 25 serving Jackson Heights and Elmhurst.