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The Sikh Coalition News
May 18, 2022
  • Sikh Coalition Welcomes Anisha Singh as New Executive Director

    May 18, 2022 (Washington, DC) -- Today, after a comprehensive nationwide search, the Sikh Coalition is proud and excited to welcome Anisha Singh as our new Executive Director. Anisha is a civil rights leader with more than 15 years of experience in public interest and social justice issues, legal and policy advocacy work, and grassroots organizing.

    As a first generation Sikh woman who grew up in the United States, Anisha has had a passion for defending the civil rights of the Sikh community since the earliest days of her career. Like many Sikh Coalition staff, board members, and sevadaars, the backlash against our and other communities after 9/11 shaped her early career. In the face of that hate, Anisha quickly came to believe that advocacy and education were essential to raising Sikh awareness and not just explaining but celebrating Sikhi and Sikhs’ contributions to our nation. She began volunteering with the Sikh Coalition in the months that followed, and the relationship deepened further in 2005 when, as a college student, she drafted, advanced, and delivered a resolution to a Florida state prison that was denying an incarcerated Sikh man the right to maintain his kesh. Thanks to our work together, that community member was ultimately transferred to a different facility that agreed to respect his articles of faith.

    “I am honored and excited to be returning to the civil rights work that started my career by stepping into this new role with the Sikh Coalition,” said Anisha. “This organization--with its incredible track record in advocacy, community development, education, legal, and media efforts--has long been near and dear to my heart. I look forward to working with sevadaars and sangats across the nation at the intersection of two pivotal moments: the third decade of the Sikh Coalition’s existence, and the continued, urgent reckoning with civil rights and hate violence in our country.”

    Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition, Anisha led the courts and democracy programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she developed strategies to both protect reproductive healthcare in U.S. courts and find ways to bring the levers of power in government and voting systems back to the people as the Director of Judiciary and Democracy Affairs. Before her time at Planned Parenthood, she held two positions at the Center for American Progress (CAP), including Senior Organizing Director for Generation Progress and Campaign Manager at Legal Progress, as well as a policy attorney and project manager position with United Sikhs. Throughout her career, she has fought for the civil rights of all through work on legislation, direct lobbying, and organizing, and she brings additional expertise around core areas of the Sikh Coalition’s work, including anti-bullying efforts, employment discrimination, and accommodations for articles of faith.

    "Anisha has built an incredible career in public service and social justice, and we are excited for her to bring that experience to the team as she returns to the Sikh civil rights causes that she cares deeply about,” said Narinder Singh, Sikh Coalition Executive Board Chairman. “Her leadership and vision, along with the ongoing hard work of our professional staff, engaged board members, and our wide variety advisors and allies, will drive the Sikh Coalition forward into our third decade.”

    The staff at the Sikh Coalition is immensely thankful to Narinder, our other board members, and our former Executive Director Satjeet Kaur for their tireless work in the extensive search and interview process that resulted in Anisha’s hiring. Additionally, we are very grateful to our two board members, Nitasha Kaur Sawhney and Harpreet Singh, who stepped up to serve as co-interim Executive Directors over the past two months and will now return to their positions on the board.

    The Sikh Coalition remains committed to defending Sikh civil rights in the community, courtrooms, classrooms, and halls of Congress. We will continue our efforts to influence local, state, and national-level laws and policies with pro bono legal work, education efforts, and direct engagement with sangats across the nation. We look forward to sharing more from Anisha in the weeks ahead; stay tuned to the Sikh Coalition’s social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) for more information about both her professional journey and her new role.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.

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