Harin Contractor

Harin Contractor

Harin J. Contractor is the alumni representative and current Chair of the Washington Leadership Program, (WLP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the next generation of leadership from within the South Asian American community. Founded originally in 1995 by Gopal Raju (founder of India Abroad), the WLP has placed and trained 200 desi students in internships with Members of Congress and Government Agencies. No one individual is bigger than the mission of the WLP.  After Gopal’s passing, the WLP was re-started by the Alumni of the program to continue providing an avenue for desi students to learn more and breaking the policy/political arena. The WLP have a number of notable alums: 2 State Representatives, Fmr Managing Editor of Huffington Post, a former Athletic Director for a major University, a Senior Economic Advisor to President Obama, 3 Rhodes Scholars, a comedian, bollywood actress, ESPN cricket writer, numerous social entrepreneurs, and foreign service officers.