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Sufyan Sohel

Deputy Director & Counsel | CAIR-Chicago

"My vision for Chicago is that it truly becomes a city that is welcome and inclusive to all the different communities that call it home. I plan on continuing to work with different community groups and government agencies to ensure that all voices are heard and represented and that even the most marginalized of us can feel safe and have a say in the future of our city."


Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University, '06

Fun fact: I love to Mardi Gras. I've attended 8 so far, and look forward to attending many more.

Sufyan Sohel currently serves as the Deputy Director and Counsel at CAIR-Chicago. Sufyan provides strategic direction to CAIR-Chicago, oversees its advocacy efforts and programming, and is responsible for the day to day management of the organization. He is a trained mediator and speaks and consults frequently on social justice, diversity, and civil rights issues. Before CAIR-Chicago, he worked with DePaul University‘s International Human Rights Law Institute where he researched and collaborated extensively on women’s rights issues and rule of law projects in the Middle East and Asia. He also worked with the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights in Cairo, Egypt where his focus was to educate and empower women while working with policymakers on gender reform and inclusion. 

Sufyan earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and holds a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Science in Finance from DePaul University. Sufyan is a Vice President of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America where he also chairs its Advocacy Committee. He was a past President of SABA Chicago, proudly sits on the DePaul Law Alumni Engagement Board and the Associate Board for LIFT USA, and is a founding member of the Chicago Trust Collective. He is a 2013 NLC-Chicago Fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Bar Association’s Vanguard Award and the 2017 DePaul College of Law Young Alumnus Award. Sufyan serves as Community Representative of the Local School Council at South Loop Elementary School and is a 2018 Fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago.