Nisha Mistry is Director of the Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School. Previously, Mistry served as a policy advisor to Deputy Mayor Adam Zipkin and Newark’s senior economic development team in the Department of Economic & Housing Development, City of Newark, New Jersey. During that time, she advised the city on matters related to manufacturing retention and revitalization, including master planning, industrial site redevelopment, innovation and resource efficiency strategies, post-Sandy business outreach, and cross-sector partnerships. While at Newark City Hall, Mistry served as manager of the multi-stakeholder Newark Manufacturing Initiative and worked with the Center for Supply Chain Management at Rutgers Business School to conceptualize and develop the Newark Industrial Solutions Center. From 2009 to 2014, Mistry successively served as Lead Project Consultant (2009-2011) and Mayor's Office Fellow (Office of Mayor Cory A. Booker, City of Newark, New Jersey) and Nonresident Fellow (2012-14) with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. She has authored policy reports for the Brookings Institution on the topic of urban manufacturing and economic development and served as a researcher to LSE Cities/Urban Age in London, U.K.
A native New Yorker, Mistry holds a MSc. With Distinction in City Design & Social Science from the London School of Economics, J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and B.A. from Barnard College. Following law school, she began her career in the Civil Division of the Legal Aid Society of New York City.