Kavita Mehra, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women

Kavita Mehra, Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women

Executive Director, Sakhi for South Asian Women

Kavita first joined Sakhi as an intern in 2002 while in her third year of college. After her experience, she
hoped to come back to Sakhi, specifically to lead the organization, and in June 2017 was named its fifth
executive director.
Under Kavita’s leadership, Sakhi has grown 325% and has launched a trauma-informed mental health
program, a housing program, and a food justice program for clients. Her commitment to building a
survivor-centered movement has positioned Sakhi to open its second office in Queens in January 2020
and its third office in Brooklyn in 2022. Most notably, Kavita has successfully stewarded Sakhi through
the Covid-19 pandemic, providing critical, life-saving services to survivors across New York City, while
also ensuring its financial stability and growth.
Prior to joining Sakhi, Kavita was the interim CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Newark and has held
leadership positions at the GlamourGals Foundation, South Asian Youth Action, and Asian Women in
Business.
Kavita is a co-founder and board member of South Asian SOAR, and an Advisory Board Member for the
New Leaders Council’s New Jersey Chapter. Kavita has written opinion pieces for City Limits, Ms.
Magazine, the Huffington Post, Brown Girl Magazine, and Act To Change. She has also presented at the
Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi, Harvard University and Columbia University and has been featured
in leading media outlets, including The Associated Press, The Takeaway with Tanzina Vega, NowThis,
CNN, The New York Times, and Vice.
Kavita has been featured in “Roshni: Emerging Indian Global Leaders and is the recipient of the 2021
Changemaker Award from Institute for Nonprofit Practice and 2022 Social Impact Women to Watch by
Nonprofit HR.
Kavita completed her Bachelor of Arts from New York University with a double major in both History and
Gender Studies. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a concentration in South Asian
Studies, from Columbia University, as well as a certificate in Business Excellence from The Columbia
Business School. In 2016, Kavita completed the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Advanced Leadership
Program and in 2014, she was a Lead New Jersey Fellow and an Athena Mastermind at Barnard. In 2013,
Kavita was a New Leaders Council-New Jersey Fellow.
A proud New Jersey native, she lives in Jersey City with her life partner and son.