Sneh Rao is Director of Policy at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. He oversees government and community partnerships on a wide range of civil rights issues including criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and hate violence. He has worked closely with LGBTQ communities on violence prevention and police reform; Latinx communities on Sanctuary City policies and know-your-rights trainings; African American communities on racial equity; and Arab, Muslim, and Sikh communities on Islamophobia and post-9/11 ethnic and racial discrimination. Sneh also manages the agency’s Civil Rights Division, which enforces municipal laws and policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected classes.
Before joining the Human Rights Commission, Sneh was a director at an international human rights organization and advocated on social, political, and economic policy issues across Latin America. He was also a fellow through the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and researched health and safety issues affecting sex workers in Brazil, South Africa and Spain. In addition, he served with the office of former US Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and provided support to Appropriations and Foreign Relations committee staff. He is currently a board member at Strut, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s health and wellness clinic in the Castro District. Sneh speaks Gujarati, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. He graduated magna cum laude from Macalester College and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.