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 is deeply committed to serving organizations that build equity and advocate for justice. Currently, she is the executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women (Sakhi), which has existed for 30 years to represent the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice and to honor the collective and inherent power of all survivors of violence. Under her leadership, Sakhi’s 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 2021. 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 an Advisory Board Member for the New Leaders Council’s New Jersey Chapter, a Board Member for Act to Change, and a Board Member for LadyDrinks. Kavita has blogged for Ms. Magazine, the Huffington Post, Brown Girl Magazine, and Act To Change, has presented at the Women’s Economic Forum in Delhi, Harvard University and Columbia University, and, has been quoted in The New York Times. 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.