As Senior Director for Government Relations, Raha Wala is responsible for directing the organization’s lobbying efforts to advance critical human rights policy reforms in Congress and the executive branch.
Raha frequently shares his expertise with policymakers and their staffs, and has appeared regularly in major print, radio, and TV outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Journal, Reuters, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC.
Raha graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, co-president of Georgetown Law’s Amnesty International chapter, and co-director of the Iraqi Refugee Resettlement Fact-Finding Project. He is the recipient of the Bettina E. Pruckmayr Award in International Human Rights, and the author of academic publications on human rights and counterterrorism policy appearing in the American Journal of International Law, Georgetown Journal of International Law, and Cambridge University Press. Raha is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor of law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Prior to attending law school, Raha worked as consultant advising corporations on strategic financial modeling. Raha has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, and B.B.A. in Finance, Management, and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.