Altaf Rahamatulla joined the New York Foundation team in 2017 as a program officer. Mr. Rahamatulla comes to us from the Ford Foundation where he served as a program associate on the Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team. While there, he served on working groups pertaining to place-based grantmaking in New Orleans and New York City, criminalization, and immigration. Previously, he worked with the Innocence Project, a national litigation and policy organization that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions using DNA testing. In both his professional and personal life, Mr. Rahamatulla has supported civil and human rights, criminal justice reform, racial justice, and immigrant rights. Mr. Rahamatulla earned his master’s degree from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and received his bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Amherst College. He currently serves on the advisory board for the New York City chapter of the New Leaders Council, which works to recruit, train, and promote future progressive leaders. He participates in iMentor, an organization that seeks to empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school and succeed in college, and is a mentor at a high school in Brooklyn. His family has deep ties to New York City—his father's side emigrated from Guyana to Washington Heights, and his mother's family from Italy and Honduras to the Bronx.