Halima Adenegan, Esq. is committed to leveraging strategic planning, research, and analysis, stakeholder engagement, and innovation to effect change. As a director at The Raben Group, Halima supports a diverse portfolio of clients with conceptualizing, executing, and advancing a variety of campaigns and initiatives intended to effect cultural and policy change at national and local levels — focusing on a range of critical issues, including criminal justice reform and digital equity, as well as higher education diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to joining Raben, Halima served as the project director for the National Center for Education Statistics’ Ed Tech Equity Initiative, within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. Having led this invaluable effort since its inception, she conceptualized and implemented innovative approaches to collect, report, and disseminate policy-relevant data that will better inform the condition of American education.
As an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, Halima supported majority-minority, traditional, and nontraditional students, as well as English-language learners. Her criminal procedure course enhanced students’ understanding of core constitutional principles, with an emphasis on practical application. Through her first-year seminar course, students learned fundamental skills for academic and professional success.
In previous roles, Halima worked with a number of leading civil rights organizations — including the National Urban League, NAACP, and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law — where she was immersed in supporting policy reform. Halima led and assisted efforts to improve students’ educational experiences and outcomes while working with D.C. Public Schools in the Office of General Counsel and Prince George’s County Public Schools, through Imara Roose Inc. — her 501(c)(3) mentoring program.
Halima earned her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, M.P.A. from the University of Baltimore, and B.A. in economics and philosophy from the University of Maryland. She is a licensed attorney in Maryland and D.C.
Halima is a Maryland native, proud of her Nigerian and Ugandan roots. She has been recognized by Radio One Inc., 93.9 WKYS, as one of the “DMV’s Top 30 Under 30,” and by the U.S. Department of Education, as a Drum Major for Service. Halima is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.