For nearly 15 years, I have worked with Asian American and South Asian American communities to address the breadth of issues that face us as immigrants and people of color in the United States. During that time, I’ve been fortunate to be part of community and advocacy campaigns related to the post 9/11 backlash, racial inequity, immigration reform, and linguistic and cultural access to basic benefits and services.
I recently left my position as Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) after nearly ten years of working with committed people to strengthen South Asian communities in a post 9/11 world. Now, I find myself in a resting place where I hope to reflect and re-energize. I’m excited about working on a book that will be published by The New Press about the shifting American racial landscape, teaching at the University of Maryland through the Asian American Studies Program, and serving on the Board of Directors of Race Forward.
Here on this platform, I am interested in engaging three points of view in particular: how to build understanding, solidarity and power as the American racial landscape shifts; how to support people working and leading in the non-profit sector; and how to be a Mom-Activist (I’m navigating life as mother to an almost four year old!). You’ll find commentary, thought pieces and articles related to these issues under the Blog tab.
Visit the Writing/Media tab to learn more about me, and the Consulting tab if you’d like to reach me for speaking, training and consulting opportunities. And, I’m most excited about the Bridge Building section of this platform where you’ll meet some amazing people who are building community in America’s transforming racial landscape.
Thank you for reading, and please visit often!