South Asian Americans Leading Together or SAALT has named Suman Raghunathan its news executive director.
Raghunathan will take over from Deepa Iyer who has been with the organization for more than ten years and who will stay on as a strategic advisor in a consultancy role.
Raghunathan will begin her new position on February 3. Her past positions have been with the American Civil Liberties Union, Progressive States Network, the New York Immigration Coalition and the Chhaya Community Development Corporation, where she served as interim executive director.
“As a daughter of Indian immigrants who has been anchored in the immigrant rights movement, I believe wholeheartedly in the importance of South Asians playing a critical role to work towards inclusive and responsible public policies in our nation on issues ranging from civil rights and xenophobia to health access and gender equity, said Raghunathan. “I look forward to working with SAALT’s committed staff to forge coalitions across ethnic, racial and class lines, and strengthen the leadership of South Asian organizations and individuals around the country.”
You can read more about the transition in leadership at SAALT