Sumeet Sharma is the Senior Manager of Communications and Digital with the Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice. Prior to joining Katal, he was the former chief of staff for the New York State Assembly Correction Committee Chair. He was also formerly the director of legislative affairs, as well as the director of communications for the member representing the 24th Assembly District in Queens, New York.
As part of his commitment to public service, Sumeet was recently selected to join the CUNY Institute of State and Local Governance as part of the inaugural class of the Kriegel Fellowship for Public Service Leaders, completing the program in December 2020.
In his time working in the state legislature, Sumeet has been instrumental in campaigns that resulted in the prohibition of discrimination in employment based on religious attire, the restoration of disability benefits for civilians involved in the World Trade Center cleanup, and the passage of legislation granting adult adoptees unrestricted access to original birth certificates. His work in the field of criminal justice has helped create laws providing for independent oversight of New York prisons and establishing the right for legislative staff to visit correctional facilities; the bill was drafted, passed, and signed after Sumeet was denied entry to a facility housing immigrant detainees.
A strident student of debate during his time at the University of Vermont and Bronx High School of Science, Sumeet now volunteers as a judge for the American Debate League in his free time and has served as an instructor for the Rikers Debate Project. He is also a fan of the New York Knicks, long road trips, and his home borough of Queens.