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Mrinalini Chakraborty is an award-winning social justice and civil rights activist, political organizer, and movement-builder. Born and raised in Kolkata, India, she started organizing as a teenager, in the movement for sex workers rights and against human trafficking and gender-based violence. At the age of 18, she immigrated to the United States to attend Knox College, from where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Art History. Over the past decade in this country, Mrinalini has been organizing in the movements for immigrants rights, racial justice, and women's rights, and focuses on intersectional coalition-building, political strategy, and distributed digital organizing and mobilization strategy.
Mrinalini is most renowned for her contribution to and leadership in building the Women's March movement and organization, since its inception in 2016. She served as the National Field and Mobilization Director for the 2017-2019 national Women's Marches, and played a key role in making the 2017 Women's March the largest single-day protest in US history. Over the next two years, she served as the founding National Field Director for Women's March, Inc. and built the robust network of local chapters that form the foundation of the movement’s continued local and national impact. For her activism and leadership, Mrinalini has been recognized through several awards, including Glamour Magazine's "Woman of the Year" Award and PEN America’s "Free Expression Courage” Award in 2017, ADAPT Chicago's “Woman of the Year” Award and Personal PAC's "Irving B. Harris Award for Leadership", in 2018, among others. She has delivered talks and keynote addresses on her work at University of Illinois: Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, Rutgers University, and at several prestigious conferences and events, such as the United States of Women: Chicago Conference, the Pro Bono Institute’s Annual Conference, BUILD Series NYC, FWD Collective Conference, the Worthy Women Summit, New Founders Conference, Personal PAC’s and Apna Ghar's Annual Gala, to name a few. She has also been featured in numerous local and national publications, such as Glamour, W Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Woman, Bustle, the Journal of Feminist Studies, among others, and appeared on several local and national television networks.
Over the last few years, Mrinalini has advised and worked on numerous local and national advocacy campaigns and local and state-level electoral campaigns. As a coalition-builder and movement strategist, she has helped convene several movement, policy, and civic tech innovation tables, that have helped build critical infrastructure and coalitions for the 2018 elections and current legislative fights at the federal and state level. She served as a mentor and advisor for the Zero Hour March on Washington that has received worldwide recognition for its bold, intersectional youth-led advocacy on climate change. She currently serves as the Board Chair and Co-Executive Director of Men4Choice, an organization that educates and organizes male allies in the fight for reproductive freedom and justice, and has helped shape the organization's national expansion and move towards culture-shifting work in addressing misogyny and toxic masculinity that sits at the root of oppressive policies and inequities in reproductive healthcare. She also advises and consults with several national and local organizations and coalitions that work on reproductive rights and justice and the decriminalization of abortion care, helping them build digital organizing capacity and bold, visionary campaigns that can expand and protect access to reproductive healthcare.