Deepa Iyer, Strategic Advisor

Deepa Iyer Headshot 2013Deepa Iyer, formerly the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Deepa has been a civil and immigrant rights advocate for 15 years. An immigrant who moved to the United States when she was twelve, Deepa has devoted her professional career to research, analysis, and advocacy on issues such as race and race relations, immigration, the post 9/11 environment, language rights and access, census, political participation and voting rights.

Prior to her nine-year tenure at SAALT, Deepa served as Legal Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center; Trial Attorney at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and Staff Attorney at the Asian American Justice Center.

Deepa’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, New Jersey Star-Ledger, Detroit Free Press and Huffington Post. She served as guest editor of Field Notes from the 9-11 Moment, an academic journal, and was the Executive Producer of a 26-minute documentary about hate violence which has been screened at college campuses, conferences, and film festivals.

She currently serves in a consulting role as SAALT’s Strategic Advisor, teaches at the University of Maryland, is at work on a book about the changing racial landscape in America, and tries to keep up with her 4 year old. Follow Deepa @dviyer, visit her website at, and contact her at