Imani Jaafar

Lead Risk Consultant, Target Corporation


  • University of Minnesota, B.A.
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

Imani Jaafar is a Lead Risk Consultant for the Target Corporation. She is also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Minnesota and formerly at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is a board member for Minnesota Landmarks and Global Rights for Women. She also provides services locally and nationally as an expert consultant on diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on the Muslim community.

Jaafar formerly led the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department and previously practiced criminal defense and estate planning, including a specialty in Islamic estate planning. She was also a housing staff attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, a Ramsey County Public Defender, and law clerk to the Honorable Judge Lloyd Zimmerman. She received an achievement in oversight award from the National Association for Civilian Oversight and an outstanding advocate award from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for her work. She also received a City of Minneapolis Star Award for launching nationally recognized public data portal. Jaafar was named a Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, an Minnesota Lawyer Up and Coming Attorney, and received the Judge Varco Pro Bono Services Award.

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