Amina Khan: McLean Furniture Gallery
Amina currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for South Asian Americans Leading Together. Pakistan-born Amina immigrated to the United States with her family as a high school sophomore. Amina has been involved with efforts as an attorney and activist through her work with the Buxton Initiative, the Pakistan American Public Affairs Committee, and the USPAK Foundation. She has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Voice of America, Pakistan TV, and other media and radio organizations on issues relating to Pakistan. She has spoken at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced and International Studies and other institutions on issues relating to Islam and Women. Prior to these efforts, Amina served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy under President Clinton’s Administration. Amina attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She attended Widener University in Delaware for her Juris Doctor degree and returned to Georgetown University Law Center for an LLM in International and Comparative Law, with Honors. Amina currently works as a Director at McLean Furniture Gallery, a family business founded by her parents. She lives in McLean with her husband and two children.
Anand Subramanian: Senior Director, PolicyLink
Anand Subramanian is the Vice Chair of SAALT’s Board of Directors. At PolicyLink, Anand directs efforts to advance community-centered policing, including serving as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement. He formerly led strategic communications for several PolicyLink initiatives, including the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, the California Equity Leaders Network, and the PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place. Previously, he worked at the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, where he facilitated the Experts of Color Network and examined methods to effectively frame and message policies supporting financial security for communities of color. He has served on the boards of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Japanese Community Youth Council, and was a collective member of Organizing Youth!, which aimed to provide progressive South Asian youth with tools to work for political, social, and economic justice. Anand is an attorney and sings and plays guitar in the sibling dream pop duo, Fair and Kind.
Nitasha Sawhney: Garcia, Hernández, & Sawhney, LLP
Nitasha is the Secretary of SAALT’s Board of Directors. Nitasha is a partner in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles offices of Garcia, Hernández, & Sawhney, LLP. She specializes in education, labor and employment law. Nitasha serves as legal counsel to public school districts, community college districts, charter schools and other educational institutions on matters concerning school governance and policy, labor negotiations, employment, educational foundations, public meeting, ethics laws and strategic planning and problem solving. Nitasha also serves as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. She was initially appointed to the Commission in 2006 and was reappointed in 2010 by the Speaker of the State Assembly. In May 2006, Nitasha was awarded the Spirit in Action Award from the Interfaith Councils of the cities of Garden Grove, Stanton, and Westminster for her work in raising funds and awareness to aid victims of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan and her dedication to public service. In April 2008, Nitasha received the Public Interest Award from the South Asian Bar Public Interest Foundation of Southern California for her dedicated commitment to community service and public interest work. In May 2011, Nitasha received the Asian Pacific Island Heritage Award for Excellence in Civil Rights from the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus on the floor of the State Assembly. Nitasha received her juris doctorate from the University of California, Davis and her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sujata Gosalia: Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Cox Communications
Sujata is the Treasurer of SAALT’s Board of Directors. Sujata currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Cox Communications. Previously Sujata was the head of strategy globally for the Corporate Services division of Sodexo, a Quality of Life services company. Before joining Sodexo, Sujata was a Partner at the international management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, where she advised numerous services, media and information technology clients. Sujata has also worked for JP Morgan Chase in New York where she was a member of the team who created and coordinated the original bank consortium supporting the Trade Bank of Iraq. Sujata holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Pennsylvania.
Sunil Oommen: Human Rights First
Sunil proudly serves as Senior Director of Development for Human Rights First, a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization. Also as part of his commitment to giving back, in addition to serving on the board of South Asian Americans Leading Together, he is a board member for the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.
Over nearly two decades, Sunil developed a broad base of skills and expertise in fundraising, communications, and community relations. Prior to Human Rights First, he most recently served as the Managing Director of Major Gifts at Amnesty International USA. In 2015, he completed the American Express NGen Fellows Program (organized through Independent Sector) for accomplished and innovative leaders under age 40 in the nonprofit sector.
A resident of New York City, Sunil earned an MS degree from the London School of Economics and a BA degree from American University in Washington, DC.
Seema Agnani: Executive Director, National CAPACD
Seema has nearly 20 years of experience working in the community development and immigrant rights sectors, focused primarily on the challenges of providing housing, economic opportunity, and support systems for new immigrants. She is a founder and former Executive Director of Chhaya CDC, a member of National CAPACD that works with New Yorkers of South Asian origin to advocate for and build economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities.