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Raj Chaudhary | Executive Director

Mrs. Raj Chaudhary was born and raised in India, and moved to the US in 1967. She and her hussband have been been married for 50+ years, and have three children and five grandchildren. She is the founder of SEWA and has been working to help the community since 2004. She has won numerous awards including the Scholarship to Advance MN’s Priority Populations (LAAMPP) and the Asian Pacific Partnership of Empowerment & Leadership. In 2007 she was named one of MN’s Most Innovative Women by the MN Women;s Consortium and in 2012 received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award by the Governor’s Council of Aian Pacific Minnesotans. Her broad expertise in advocacy  includes domestic violence, human trafficing, health disparities, equal employemnt, eldery populations, race, ethnicity, board development, legal custody, substance abuse, and public housing.

Dasharath Yata | Program Coordinator (Health Initiatives)

Bio coming soon!

Srivani Ganji | Program Coordinator (Women’s Programs); Crime Victims Advocate

I was born and raised in India and did my Master’s in Computer Applications. My favorite place in Minnesota is Duluth, especially in the fall as I love seeing the changing colors. I enjoy working at SEWA as it was the only Asian organization that could help me during a tough time. In my free time I like watching movies, spending time with my kids, and making (and eating) my favorite homemade Desi foods.

Sneha Singh, Ph.D., MBA | Program Director, Senior Services

I have 10+ years of working in social sector. I am a natural connector and relationship builder, so I enjoy working with our seniors as this aligns with my purpose in life – which is  to help improve the quality of life of humans. I am also a whole person leader, who believes in creating a balance between people, planet and profit. I am committed to reducing waste, reducing cost, and improving our environment in which we live and operate. For me life is short, so I make the best of it and live with dignity, peace and prosperity.

Reena Maheshwari | Media & Communications

I was born and raised in Minneapolis, and hold a Bachelor’s in Merchandising and Management as well as a Master’s in Education. I had a successful career in the construction industry, but recently started a new business venture. It is extremely rewarding to work at SEWA where I am making a difference and helping the community, AND working with and supporting a team of truly wonderful people. In my free time I enjoy remodeling, gardening, biking, creating art, and travelling. My favorite places in Minnesota are the different gardens and natural areas around town – Como Park, MN Landscape Arboretum, & Minnehaha Falls.

Karuna Godavari | Volunteer, Senior Programs

Bio coming soon!

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