Allison has worked in victim services for over 20 years in Massachusetts. She began her career working with at-risk adolescent girls in a residential treatment program. There she provided counseling and crisis management to youth struggling with issues such as depression, sexual abuse, and suicidality.
Anu is a Senior Vice President at Bank of America and has won awards at the bank for exceptional performance, named to the high potential women leaders group and nominated to the Diversity & Inclusion council. She serves as a mentor to emerging women leaders in the bank and is passionate about increasing the number of women in senior management teams.
Ashima’s is an attorney and passionate about gender equality. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies and Philosophy from the University of Texas. In law school, she had a disciplinary focus in human rights and wrote a thesis paper on rape and sexual violence against women as a war crime under international law.
Ritu is committed to and has worked on Gender Based/Human rights issues since the 1990’s. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Policy from the University of Antwerp. She was the Executive Director for Kiran Inc for about 2 years and now does consultancy work. She was instrumental in Kiran Inc getting its first grant in 2008 and helped revitalizing and developing its new mission and programming. Ritu has been on the Kiran Board for 8 years. Ritu started her career in the US with InterAct (mainstream Domestic Violence Advocacy agency) in 2002 and was in a leadership role. She left InterAct in 2013 to focus on bringing more visibility to Kiran, Inc. She has lived, studied and worked in India, Australia and Belgium.
Dr. Sujata Warrier
Sujata is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Previously she was the Director of the Community Response Policy and Training of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
Gauri is an award winning filmmaker, based in Boston & New York City. She is passionate about cinema that examines the world we live in, and believes that effective storytelling can help change it. In 2014, she won the Best Director award at the Boston International Film Festival, for her debut film, The Theft.
Hema is a certified Gallery Instructor for Children at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Previously, while living in Singapore where her husband was on assignment, Hema trained and worked as a Docent at the city state’s Asian Civilizations Museum. Among her volunteer activities in India, she played leadership roles for several India-based NGO’s, including one she co-founded to help the plight of women in Kashmir.
Meg is the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at Williams College. Prior to returning to Williams, she worked for over 6 years for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), most recently in the role of Manager of Community Engagement.
Nirmala is the co-founder and editor of www.lokvani.com, a community media website for Indian Americans in New England. She also leads the New England Chapter of the American India Foundation (www.aif.org), a leading global philanthropy that serves more than150’s NGO’s in India in the areas of education, public health and livelihoods.
Umang is a software engineer who also participates in various social justice issues both locally and internationally. In Boston, he performs community outreach for Encuentro5, a movement-building space in downtown Boston.