South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

SAALT ful­fills our mis­sion through:

  • Advo­cat­ing for just and equi­table pub­lic poli­cies at the nation­al and local lev­el;
  • Strength­en­ing grass­roots South Asian orga­ni­za­tions as cat­a­lysts for com­mu­ni­ty change;
  • Inform­ing and influ­enc­ing the nation­al dia­logue on trends impact­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

SAALT is the only nation­al, staffed South Asian orga­ni­za­tion that advo­cates around issues affect­ing South Asian com­mu­ni­ties through a social jus­tice frame­work.

The Posi­tion:

Report­ing to the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, the Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing and exe­cut­ing the organization’s over­all strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­e­gy span­ning tra­di­tion­al and social media. In addi­tion, the Direc­tor will be work­ing with the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and exter­nal devel­op­ment con­sul­tants to expand, and strength­en, the organization’s resources with a focus on indi­vid­ual donors. It is antic­i­pat­ed that short term the split of respon­si­bil­i­ties will be 75% com­mu­ni­ca­tions and 25% indi­vid­ual donor cul­ti­va­tion.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions-relat­ed respon­si­bil­i­ties include:

  • Iden­ti­fy­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to expand SAALT’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions pres­ence and efforts across core issue areas, South Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties, and regions, includ­ing draft­ing press releas­es and media advi­sories; mon­i­tor­ing and expand­ing its social media pres­ence and strat­e­gy;
  • Devel­op­ing proac­tive rela­tion­ships with main­stream and eth­nic media jour­nal­ists to ampli­fy SAALT’s work and the pri­or­i­ties of South Asian immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties;
  • Work­ing close­ly with the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor to write and place op-eds that exam­ine press­ing issues for South Asian com­mu­ni­ties;
  • Draft­ing lan­guage for emails, newslet­ters, and oth­er forms of com­mu­ni­ca­tions to reach SAALT’s diverse audi­ences.
  • Imple­ment­ing a rapid response plan that bal­ances SAALT’s efforts toward its core pol­i­cy work with engage­ment on emerg­ing issues, needs
  • Man­ag­ing SAALT’s web­site and its con­tent.
  • Pro­vid­ing event man­age­ment sup­port which involves man­ag­ing all the optics for SAALT relat­ed events includ­ing ven­dor rela­tion­ships as need­ed (i.e. pho­tog­ra­phers, video­g­ra­phers, etc.). Exam­ples of events include the SAALT Sum­mit, Lob­by Days, Con­gres­sion­al Brief­in­gs, etc.

Resource devel­op­ment respon­si­bil­i­ties include:

  • Strength­en­ing SAALT’s fundrais­ing capac­i­ty, with an empha­sis on indi­vid­ual donor com­mu­ni­ca­tions and cul­ti­va­tion;
  • Devel­op­ing and exe­cut­ing a com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­e­gy focused on cur­rent and prospec­tive indi­vid­ual donors;
  • Imple­ment­ing an indi­vid­ual donor fundrais­ing plan includ­ing donor research and craft­ing mes­sages for indi­vid­ual donors; man­ag­ing solic­i­ta­tion cam­paigns and events aimed at indi­vid­u­als, and coor­di­nat­ing SAALT’s donor cul­ti­va­tion efforts in close part­ner­ship with the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, exter­nal con­sul­tants and the SAALT Board of Direc­tors;
  • Col­lab­o­rat­ing with indi­vid­ual donor devel­op­ment con­sul­tants around the coun­try;
  • Assist Exec­u­tive Direc­tor with oth­er spe­cial projects, as nec­es­sary.

Ide­al Can­di­date Pro­file:

  • Min­i­mum of five to sev­en years of expe­ri­ence in com­mu­ni­ca­tions, mar­ket­ing, resource devel­op­ment or phil­an­thropy with­in a social jus­tice orga­ni­za­tion.
  • Excel­lent writ­ing, ana­lyt­ic, and verbal/presentation skills with the abil­i­ty to sum­ma­rize infor­ma­tion and con­nect with a vari­ety of audi­ences.
  • Expe­ri­ence with web site design and con­tent man­age­ment.
  • Expe­ri­ence with var­i­ous social media plat­forms includ­ing Face­book and Twit­ter.
  • Demon­strat­ed self-starter with abil­i­ty to iden­ti­fy and pur­sue strate­gic oppor­tu­ni­ties.
  • Suc­cess­ful track record of artic­u­lat­ing, eval­u­at­ing, mea­sur­ing, and report­ing goals and successes/areas of improve­ment.
  • Demon­strat­ed abil­i­ty and expe­ri­ence in being cre­ative and self-direct­ed while man­ag­ing and pri­or­i­tiz­ing mul­ti­ple tasks and roles.
  • Demon­strat­ed abil­i­ty to think strate­gi­cal­ly, have a flex­i­ble approach to work, and quick­ly adapt and piv­ot to chang­ing needs in a dynam­ic non-prof­it envi­ron­ment.
  • Demon­strat­ed abil­i­ty to work inde­pen­dent­ly in a fast paced and col­lab­o­ra­tive team-based envi­ron­ment.
  • Excep­tion­al email man­age­ment skills and abil­i­ty to thrive in a high-vol­ume email office.
  • Pro­fi­cien­cy in Microsoft Office suite and abil­i­ty to quick­ly learn oth­er basic pro­grams.
  • Com­mit­ment to and pas­sion for social jus­tice issues and to a career in the non-prof­it sec­tor.
  • Under­stand­ing of and com­mit­ment to advanc­ing and enhanc­ing SAALT’s mis­sion.
    Com­mit­ment to an office cul­ture where cre­ativ­i­ty and diver­si­ty are cel­e­brat­ed.
  • Sense of humor and famil­iar­i­ty with Cus­tomer Rela­tion­ship Man­age­ment (CRM) data­bas­es such as SALSA are a plus.
  • Trav­el with­in the Unit­ed States may be required.


SAALT will pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion for this posi­tion com­men­su­rate with expe­ri­ence. A gen­er­ous vaca­tion pol­i­cy and health, den­tal, vision, and trans­porta­tion stipend ben­e­fits will also be pro­vid­ed.

To Apply

Please sub­mit a resume and cov­er let­ter to  Inter­views will be sched­uled with select­ed can­di­dates on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.

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There’s no time to lose. Force Congress to protect DREAMers now!

Dear Friend,

Despite a tem­po­rary gov­ern­ment shut down, Con­gress still has­n’t passed leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect 800,000 DREAM­ers who are at risk of depor­ta­tion from the only coun­try they’ve ever known. The next vote on their futures is this Thursday, February 8.

The Trump admin­is­tra­tion has cyn­i­cal­ly tied any ‘deal’ to pro­tect DREAM­ers direct­ly with mil­i­ta­riz­ing our south­ern bor­der, end­ing the diver­si­ty visa lot­tery, and mak­ing mas­sive cuts to fam­i­ly-based immi­gra­tion. This ‘deal’ is a non-starter.

Rather than pass­ing already-intro­duced, bipar­ti­san leg­is­la­tion called the DREAM Act [S. 1615/H.R. 3440], which would pro­tect immi­grant youth without tear­ing apart fam­i­lies and build­ing a bor­der wall, Con­gress keeps intro­duc­ing new leg­is­la­tion that insists upon includ­ing harm in its approach and impact. The lat­est, the USA Act, pro­vides a path­way to cit­i­zen­ship for mil­lions of peo­ple who came to the U.S. before age 18. Yet it also includes harm­ful pro­vi­sions to increase depor­ta­tions and fur­ther mil­i­ta­rize our bor­ders.

Now is the time to pass the DREAM Act once and for all.

Thou­sands of DREAM­ers, includ­ing SAALT allies Chi­rayu Patel and Ruchir, have trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. since Pres­i­dent Trump heart­less­ly ter­mi­nat­ed DACA in Sep­tem­ber 2017 with­out leg­is­la­tion to undo the harm caused by end­ing this cru­cial pro­gram. Since last fall, DREAM­ers have coura­geous­ly shared their sto­ries and have declared they DO NOT sup­port any ‘deal’ that uses them as polit­i­cal bar­gain­ing chips while putting oth­er immi­grants in har­m’s way. Despite mis­guid­ed efforts to pit immi­grants against each oth­er, an over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of Amer­i­cans sup­port leg­is­la­tion that pro­tects DREAM­ers with a path to cit­i­zen­ship that does not increase bor­der enforce­ment.
Con­tin­u­ing to shirk its respon­si­bil­i­ty to reflect the public’s needs and pri­or­i­ties, Con­gress keeps kick­ing the can down the road as hun­dreds of thou­sands of immi­grants’ lives con­tin­ue to hang in the bal­ance, includ­ing over 23,000 Indi­an and Pak­istani DREAM­ers. Since Sep­tem­ber, over 120 DREAM­ers lose their sta­tus every day, fac­ing the threat of depor­ta­tion.

Con­gress must do its job and pro­tect DREAM­ers on February 8!

Your voice matters! Here’s what you can do today to force Con­gress to pro­tect DREAM­ers:

  1. Dial 1–888-778‑6856 and wait for the “Wel­come” mes­sage
  2. Enter your zip code
  3. Con­nect to your Mem­ber of Con­gress and force them to pro­tect DREAM­ers now by pass­ing S. 1615/H.R. 3440!

See below for a sample script!

Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in ___________ (city in dis­trict). I’m call­ing to urge Representative/Senator ____________ to sup­port leg­is­la­tion on Feb­ru­ary 8 that pro­tects DREAM­ers with­out pro­vi­sions to increase depor­ta­tions or mil­i­ta­rize our bor­ders. DREAM­ers are not bar­gain­ing chips. Over 120 DREAM­ers lose their DACA sta­tus every day and thou­sands of fam­i­lies will be at risk of being torn apart unless Con­gress does its job on Feb­ru­ary 8 to pro­tect DREAM­ers with­out harm­ing immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties in the process. The best leg­isla­tive solu­tion is the exist­ing DREAM Act and I urge you sup­port that bill. Thank you for your time.  

Also, today, Feb­ru­ary 7, join hun­dreds of pro­gres­sive allies in Wash­ing­ton D.C. for the Nation­al Day of Action to demand a DREAM Act.


What: Nation­al Day of Action for the Dream Act
When: Wednes­day, Feb. 7th start­ing at 12:00pm EST
Where: Start­ing at Trump Inter­na­tion­al Hotel, 1100 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave NW, Wash­ing­ton, DC 20004, and march­ing to the halls of Con­gress.
Who: Immi­grant youth, Unit­ed We Dream, Cen­ter for Pop­u­lar Democ­ra­cy, SEIU, The Women’s March, FIRM/Center for Com­mu­ni­ty Change, Good Jobs Nation, Nation­al Domes­tic Work­ers Alliance, Church World Ser­vice and more!

More info

It’s time for our lead­ers to put pol­i­tics aside and do their jobs and the will of the peo­ple. Con­gress must pro­tect immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties. Make your voice heard. There’s no time to lose.

In part­ner­ship,
The SAALT Team



South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di –

Report | Communities on Fire: Confronting Hate Violence and Xenophobic Political Rhetoric


South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Mid­dle East­ern, and Arab com­mu­ni­ties are the tar­get of increas­ing lev­els of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric in the Unit­ed States, with record attacks since the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Trump in Novem­ber, 2016, South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) said in a report released today. The uptick in anti-Mus­lim attacks runs par­al­lel to the surge in this administration’s anti-Mus­lim poli­cies and rhetoric.

The report, Com­mu­ni­ties on Fire,” doc­u­ments hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric aimed at our com­mu­ni­ties from Elec­tion Day 2016 to Elec­tion Day 2017. SAALT doc­u­ment­ed 302 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Mid­dle East­ern, and Arab com­mu­ni­ties in the Unit­ed States, of which an astound­ing 82% were moti­vat­ed by anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment. The 302 inci­dents are a more than 45% increase from the year lead­ing up to the 2016 elec­tion cycle, lev­els not seen since the year after Sep­tem­ber 11.

SAALT’s report draws a direct line between this administration’s anti-Mus­lim agen­da and increas­ing attacks, reveal­ing that of the 213 inci­dents of hate vio­lence doc­u­ment­ed, one in five per­pe­tra­tors invoked Pres­i­dent Trump’s name, his admin­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies, or his cam­paign slo­gans dur­ing attacks.

“Our nation prides itself on the free­dom for peo­ple of all reli­gious tra­di­tions to prac­tice their faith with­out fear or intim­i­da­tion,” said Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of SAALT. “How­ev­er, through its poli­cies and rhetoric, this administration’s inces­sant demo­niza­tion of Islam has cre­at­ed an envi­ron­ment of hate and fear-mon­ger­ing for Mus­lims and those per­ceived to be Mus­lim. Dead­ly shoot­ings, torched mosques, van­dal­ized homes and busi­ness­es, and young peo­ple harassed at school have ani­mat­ed an acute­ly vio­lent post-elec­tion year. This admin­is­tra­tion must break eye con­tact with white suprema­cy if our nation is to live up to its high­est ideals of reli­gious free­dom.”

The report also under­lines the way inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty informs hate — both the iden­ti­ties of vic­tims tar­get­ed and the sys­tems that crim­i­nal­ize our com­mu­ni­ties. Women who iden­ti­fy or are per­ceived as South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Mid­dle East­ern, or Arab were the tar­gets of attack in 28% of the 213 doc­u­ment­ed hate inci­dents post-elec­tion. Women who wear hijab or head scarves are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble, account­ing for 63% of the doc­u­ment­ed hate inci­dents tar­get­ing women. The report dis­cuss­es the inter­sec­tion of immi­gra­tion, racial pro­fil­ing and sur­veil­lance, and crim­i­nal jus­tice poli­cies that com­pound against our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The growth of white suprema­cist hate groups and mount­ing attacks on our com­mu­ni­ties are proof pos­i­tive that this administration’s anti-Mus­lim agen­da is not mak­ing Amer­i­ca great, it’s mak­ing Amer­i­cans afraid,” Raghu­nathan said. “The dai­ly decay of our democ­ra­cy can only be repaired by dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all Amer­i­cans, regard­less of faith, race, or nation­al ori­gin. SAALT and our allies are going to go the dis­tance to see this demand real­ized.”

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di —