Background and Experience
I was born in India and have been a resident of Montgomery County (Council Distric 4) for 18 years. I am deeply committed to our County, its children, youth, and families. I have served the community for the past 15+ years, beginning with Kensington Heights Civic Association in my neighborhood and through several other organizations at the local, County and State level.
My father was a small business owner. My mother started her career teaching at a university and later resumed her career in public service. Both my parents had to work to make sure my sister and I could get quality education. They taught me the values of putting family first, good education, hard work, and community service.
Work Experience: My first job was when I was in high school, teaching English language to elementary school students. After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science, I pursued Master’s in Business Administration and, at the same time, started working for a finance company. My career grew from there to U.S corporations, based in New Delhi, in the telecommunications and software development sector. Since moving to the U.S., I have worked at the American Red Cross, at a private Montessori school, and at Montgomery County Public Schools providing academic support to students.
Civic Engagement: As I was adapting to a new culture and building a new life away from my family, friends, and land of origin, I started contributing to my local community through the Kensington Heights Civic Association. Making a difference to affect positive change has always inspired me to do more in the community—even as a elementary school student. I found it rewarding to work on issues that could help improve the quality of life for all my neighbors.
Non Profit and Community Organizations: My involvement in community initiatives expanded as I noticed other needs in our community, leading me to step up to leadership positions at the local, County and State level with organizations such as the local PTA's of Takoma Park schools, Montgomery County Council of PTA’s, Maryland PTA, and as a founding member of organizations such as Maryland Welcomes Refugees. I continue to have an impact on the issues in the local community through leadership of the Takoma Foundation, a local chapter of the Greater Washington Community Foundation, where I have been the President for two years, and through support of public schools as the Vice Chair of the Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group (APASAAG).
Commissions and Boards: I was appointed by the County Executive to serve on the Montgomery County Commission of Children and Youth, where I have led the sub-committee on Opioids and have continued the work on other issues like mental health and DACA.
Collaboration and Partnerships: I have led several initiatives as a community advocate by working collaboratively with other community leaders and elected officials at all levels, and by building inclusive partnerships with groups to have a positive impact on the issues affecting our community.
The wide breadth of experience I have gained through the 20+ years of work at non-profit, private, and community organizations has given me valuable insights and has helped me garner a diverse perspective on the issues impacting our communities.