Mimi Marziani

Executive Director

Mimi Marziani is the President of the Texas Civil Rights Project, which provides Texas lawyers for Texas communities to serve the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. She has an extensive background in civil rights advocacy and nonprofit management, and is widely considered a national expert in voting rights and election law. Before moving to Texas, Mimi spent several years as counsel for the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases in federal courts across the country. She teaches “Election Law and Policy” at the University of Texas School of Law and has taught constitutional law at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and NYU Abu Dhabi.

What areas of expertise do you bring to this project (How do you serve)?
I have spent the better part of a decade sharpening my knowledge of election law and policy as a civil rights lawyer. I have had the pleasure of representing a wide range of civil engagement organizations and ordinary voters to make our electoral system fairer and more just.

What does the phrase “Houston in Action” mean to you?
Houston in Action is a collective effort to harness the energy, creativity and power of Houston’s diverse community to boost participation in Houston’s democracy and civic life.

What do you like the most about Houston and its diverse tapestry of communities?
Houston has long been overlooked as one of America’s great cities but is increasingly recognized – for good reason – as a critical hub of American life.

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.