Femi Disu-Oakley brings years of legal experience and social justice work to the Training & People Development Team at Paradigm. For more than a decade, she dedicated her career to securing equal justice and fighting for marginalized communities in and out of the courtroom. Her experiences within the justice system cultivated her desire to build more diverse and equitable systems in the legal field and beyond. Her work around diversity training is firmly grounded in the belief that conversations around diversity and inclusion must be centered around empathy, respect, and humility.
Before Paradigm, Femi worked as a proud public defender at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, where she represented indigent New Yorkers, advocated for criminal justice reform, and challenged systems that oppressed poor people and communities of color. She was promoted to Director of Diversity and Inclusion, where she created and implemented strategies, best practices, and programming to enhance diversity within the organization. She also designed and conducted anti-discrimination and harassment trainings, and co-facilitated LGBTQ+ cultural humility trainings.
Femi is passionate and inspired by the belief that we are constantly evolving and through continuous self-evaluation, we can all produce equitable outcomes and drive meaningful change in the workplace. She received her J.D. from St John’s Law School.