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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)

Dasharath Yata was born in a village in Nalgonda district, Telangana State, India and studied at Osmania University, Hyderabad. He moved to the US in 2011. His wife Padma Yata is an Enterprise Data Architect – IT at Medica and they have two kids in college. He is extremely dedicated and highly involved in all the various health based projects for SEWA dealing with mental health, community outreach and civic engagement. He organizes three free health clinics a month in the Twin Cities area and educates people about the high rates of diabetes and cholesterol problems. He also works with over 35 partner organizations on providing culturally specific services to the community through education and training.

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.

Geetanjali Mittal | Program Developer, Women’s Programs

Geetanjali is an educator, storyteller, and internationally-published researcher and a certified community health worker. Having lived in 6 different Indian cities, she is deeply appreciative of culture and diversity. With two Master’s degrees, she has taught learners of all levels across rural and urban settings for over ten years. Wellness, equity, and inclusion have always been dear to her heart and paved the way to transition into community health and social justice. Geetanjali has a genuine interest in people, and an  ability of connecting, especially with women in transition. While her spiritual practice keeps her centered, she is an artist at heart and enjoys reading, writing poetry, painting. She develops programs for SEWA-AIFW to empower the underserved.

Jessikah Holmes | Program Coordinator (CSSP), Program Facilitator

I was born in Illinois and relocated at 10 years old to a small town in southern MN. I went to college for painting and soon after got a job in the video game industry doing communications, writing, video creation, and marketing. Through the years I have pursued multiple certifications in project management and ScrumMaster training, and voluntarily left my previous career as an IT Project Manager to pursue a life where I can make positive impact. I find myself profoundly inspired by the compassion and support SEWA offers the community.  In my leisure time I love to paint, pursue pottery, garden, play dungeons & dragons, volunteer, experiment with plant-based cooking, and playing hardcourt bike polo. Mostly, I love to share connection, smiles, and laughter with whom I love.

Mohamed Egal | Case Manager, Senior Programs

Mohamed is a health and human services specialist and deals with various senior programs such as 245D, live-well at home, SNAP, and transportation.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Political Science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and a Master’s in Health and Human Services from St. Mary’s University. In his spare time, Mohamed enjoys playing and watching international FIDE Chess games. He also loves listening to blues & guitar music and reading moral and political philosophy books. Mohamed is originally from Somalia, has lived in Minnesota since 1999, and has two sons.

Mubina Qureshi | CSSP Program Manager

Mubina is a passionate intersectional feminist, research scholar, translator and interpreter with more than a decade of academic life. She holds PHD in Islamic Feminism in South Asian Female Muslim Novelists intersectional in the areas of SA Literature and Gender Studies & two Masters in English Literature and African American Literature. She has more than 7 years of college teaching experience in India. She has trained multilingual students in languages, literature, theatre, soft-skills and self-care. She has directly worked with underserved ‘Dalit’ women as interpreter and translator to a Canadian Research Scholar for 2+ years. This experience set the tone for her future endeavors to fulfill her passion to work for and work with women on gender issues. She is a collaborator and core-member of theatre & reading group called Parakh-MN in Twin Cities since 2017.  She is fond of solo travelling, camping in State and National Parks of US, exploring different cultures and learning new life-skills.

Karuna Godavari | Volunteer, Senior Programs

Bio coming soon!

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 recently started a new business venture in the events/wedding industry. It is extremely rewarding to spend a portion of my time working 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.

Kalpana Jagannathan | VISTA Program Planner

I immigrated to the US over 20 yrs ago, did my schooling back in India and hold a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. I love being a mom for my kids and enjoy my time with them above all. My younger child was diagnosed with Autism and not only have I been made more aware of the needs and resources in the community, but I want to spread that awareness.  I have volunteered for Autism.org and given speeches in schools to increase autism awareness. I also love to cook and help the community in any way I can to improve and better lives of people.

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