The Sikh Coalition has appointed civil rights leader Anisha Singh as its new executive director. The nonprofit said on May 18 that Singh has more than 15 years of experience in public interest and social justice issues, legal and political advocacy work, and grassroots organizing. Press release.
She was previously director of Judiciary and Democracy Affairs at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In this role, she both developed strategies to protect reproductive health in U.S. courts and found ways to bring back the levers of power in the government and voting systems to the people.
“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 early days of her career,” she said in a press release. After the backlash against the Sikh American and other communities after 9/11, he volunteered for the Sikh Coalition in the months that followed.
Singh has fought for the civil rights of all through legislation, direct lobbying and organizing work, and brings additional expertise on key areas of the Sikh Coalition’s work, including “anti-bullying efforts, employment discrimination, and adherence to articles of faith. ‘ said the press release.
“I am honored and excited to be back in civil rights work that started my career by stepping into this new role with the Sikh Coalition,” Singh said. “With its incredible track record in advocacy, community development, education, legal and media efforts, this organization has long been close and dear to my heart. I look forward to working with sevadaars and sangats across the country at the intersection of two pivotal moments: the third decade of the Sikh Coalition’s existence and “Constant, urgent reckoning with civil rights and hate violence in our country.”
Prior to his time at Planned Parenthood, Singh held two positions at the Center for American Progress (CAP). These positions have included senior organizational director for Generation Progress and Campaign Manager at Legal Progress and policy attorney and project manager at United Sihs.