Justice system involved attorney Sarai Cook has been directly impacted by many systems and cycles of oppression and poverty. Through those experiences she has made it her life's work to empower and encourage others by modeling the possibilities of overcoming cycles of oppression by lending a directly impacted voice to policy discussions and advocating for systemic change.
Since graduating law school in 2011, Ms. Cook has worked in community development, and public service at the Tribal level with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, National level with the United States Department of Energy, and Internationally.
Ms. Cook is the recipient of the National Center for Native American Economic Development 40-under-40 award, the Muscogee Creek Nation's professional of the year award, and the New Leadership Oregon outstanding alumni award. In her current position with PDA's Civil Survival Project, Ms. Cook will work with a team to assist community members overcome barriers to re-entry, and organize people who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system to build connections, gain knowledge and increase political participation.