Syed Zaidi is a Research Associate for the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, where he focuses on redistricting and campaign finance reform. He has conducted background research for numerous Brennan Center reports including Redistricting and Congressional Control: A First Look, helped draft letters and comments to legislative and regulatory bodies regarding campaign finance reform and legislative rules reform in New York State, and collaborated with broad-based coalitions, such as Fair Elections New York and New York Leadership for Accountable Government, to advocate for citizen-funded elections. Prior to joining the Brennan Center for Justice, Syed worked for the Minority Leader’s office at the Missouri House of Representatives. During college, Mr. Zaidi interned at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and conducted an independent study on microfinance and political participation among disenfranchised constituencies such as women and small farmers. His senior thesis explored the relationship between Islam and democracy in Asia. He graduated summa cum laude from Truman State University with a B.S. in Political Science and Economics.