Niketa Brar serves as the founding executive director of Chicago United for Equity. She comes to this work from a career working to bring a community-centered approach to government, starting during her time advising a city councilmember in Oakland, California. She has served as a consultant and policy adviser to elected leaders ranging from school board to municipal and state leadership roles.
Niketa began her career in direct service, spending five years as an investigator with the DC Public Defender's Office and later as a teacher and dean in Title I schools. She currently serves on the Local School Council at National Teachers Academy, a Level 1+ school serving a majority Black, majority low-income student population. She co-founded CUE with LSC President Elisabeth Greer as they worked together to organize parents, students, and a larger citywide coalition to fight this school closing.
Niketa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs from the George Washington University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from American University, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Ford School at the University of Michigan. She is the proud partner of a Chicago Public Schools teacher and mom to a future CPS student.
Candace Moore serves as a key strategic partner for CUE's work, through her role at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Candace is a Staff Attorney for the Education Equity Project where she advocates for the educational rights of young people through a lens of racial and social justice. She was instrumental in Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights' re-launch of the Education Equity Project. Her work has focused on organizing legal advocacy resources to address disparate discipline and barriers to enrollment for students throughout Chicago and its surrounding communities. Candace also works in partnership with community-based reformers and institutional policy makers to achieve sustainable and meaningful solutions, which is how she came to be a strategic partner for CUE's work.
She is a proud graduate of both Loyola University Chicago’s undergraduate program and the School of Law (J.D. ’13). In 2014, Candace completed the inaugural class of the Racial Justice Training Institute hosted by the Sargent Shriver National Poverty Law Center. In 2015, she completed the inaugural class of the Surge Fellowship, a leadership development program focused on addressing the issues of race and class in urban education. In 2015, Candace was awarded the distinct honor of being the year’s recipient of the Kimball R. Anderson and Karen Gatsis Anderson Public Interest Law Fellowship.