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Chakrabarti, Dipchand, and Figgers bring wealth of experience, background in advocacy


OAKLAND, Calif. — The National Center for Youth Law is thrilled to welcome three highly respected and accomplished professionals and advocates as the newest members of its Board of Directors.

Preetha Chakrabarti, June Dipchand, and Frank Figgers have each agreed to serve on NCYL's 13-member governing board, which helps guide the national organization's strategic work and growth. Each of the new members brings a wealth of knowledge, insight and a deep background in advocacy that will help NCYL bolster its impact and ultimately further advance justice for youth across the U.S.

"I'm excited to welcome each of these three amazing leaders and to learn from and work alongside of them as we expand our organizational reach and strengthen our commitment to children and youth," said Shakti Belway, NCYL's Executive Director. "All three have shown themselves to be fearless advocates and I know their perspectives will only enhance what is already an incredibly talented and diverse Board of Directors."
Meet the newest board members:

  • Preetha Chakrabarti has an interdisciplinary legal practice that focuses on areas related to ESG (environmental, social, governance) and intellectual property, consisting of litigation, counseling, licensing, transactional due diligence, at Crowell and Moring LLP. She also does extensive pro bono work, and her practice includes cases involving appellate, immigration, family, and employment law, as well as IP counseling for nonprofit entities. She once represented a woman whose life sentence for a low-level drug crime was commuted by President Obama, and in 2023 she was appointed to the City of New York Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary.
  • June Dipchand is a corporate Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP based in New York. She focuses her practice on mergers & acquisitions, securities law and general corporate law . She advises public and private clients in connection with various U.S. and cross-border corporate transactions and a wide array of corporate law matters, including corporate governance, SEC reporting obligations and takeover preparedness. June is also active in pro bono and diversity initiatives, both within and outside of the firm. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of New York and co-chairs that organization's diversity subcommittee.
  • Frank Figgers is a lifelong civil rights and community activist from Jackson, Miss. He has served on the board of directors for Jackson (Miss.) Public Schools since 2018. He is also the Program Manager of Community Outreach and Education at One Voice Inc., a nonprofit focused on voting rights and education, and previously served on the board for the Young People’s Project of Jackson, as vice chairman of the board of directors of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and is a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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