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Licha Nyiendo was appointed as Commissioner for the NYS Division of Human Rights in June 2021.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Nyiendo served as Deputy Special Counsel for Public Integrity in the New York State Executive Chamber. She previously served as Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance at the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

She has also worked as Security Counsel for Apple Inc. and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, serving as Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Unit and Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit. She was also formerly a litigation associate at Sidley Austin LLP.

Early in her legal career, Ms. Nyiendo clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the following year clerked for the Honorable George B. Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Nyiendo holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.