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A self-described “nomad,” Mayumi Grigsby fled her native Liberia as a child in 1990 — on the last KLM flight out of the country before insurrection brought chaos to the nation.

The cities where she has subsequently lived and worked — in Europe, Africa and the United States — are too numerous to list, but the take-away is too important not to state: human rights advocacy is not just a career for Mayumi, it’s a calling. 

“I chose to attend Northeastern in order to acquire legal skills that I could use to educate and empower people to work for their own version of sustainable, positive social change,” says Mayumi. I have been given a gift. Throughout the black diaspora, women of black African descent are underrepresented as lawyers. I want to use that gift by paying it forward.”

Co-op 1

Massachusetts Governor’s Office of Cabinet Affairs, Boston

Mayumi received a Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy for her first co-op, which involved research, analysis and recommendations to the governor’s policy team.


  • Black Law Students Association
  • Student Bar Association
  • Committee Against Institutional Racism

Co-op 2

Vera Institute of Justice, New York

Mayumi worked on nationwide assessment of the likelihood of success of gang-based asylum claims.


International Law and Human Rights

Concentrations are designed to allow students to focus in depth on an area of the law.

Co-op 3

Center for Constitutional Rights, New York

Once again the recipient of prestigious fellowships, Mayumi was honored as both the Helena Rubinstein Fellow for Women’s Justice and the Ella Baker Fellow. Her co-op involved client and witness interviews as well as legislative research related to gender-based violence in Haiti.


Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Among Mayumi’s many honors, she received Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law: Leadership Scholarship Award.

Co-op 4

Alere, Inc., Waltham (Massachusetts)

For her final co-op, Mayumi chose Alere, a global diagnostic device and service provider, where she worked with in-house attorneys on contracts and complex tax compliance analysis.

After Graduation

Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, Chicago


Fiscal Policy Analyst, Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago


Assistant State Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago


A champion for women around the globe.