Lakshmi currently serves as the Executive Director of South Asians Leading Together (SAALT). Since 2014, she was SAALT’s Director of National Policy and Advocacy where she led the organization’s external engagement and developed SAALT’s policy and legislative agenda, which primarily focuses on immigration, racial profiling, and combating hate violence. Prior to that she served as the Policy Director for The Praxis Project, a Washington D.C. based national movement support organization focused on health justice in communities of color. Before moving to D.C., Lakshmi completed six years of work in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helping improve federal contracting opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, institute participatory budgeting, and preserve public schools and infrastructure.
Lakshmi holds a Masters degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from The University of California, Berkeley.
Articles, Publications, and Appearances
Al Jazeera English, February 5, 2019
Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric and Policies Have Created A New Kind of Melting Pot (Huffington Post, March 14, 2018)
In the News
At Census Time, Asian Americans Again Confront the Question of Who ‘Counts’ as Asian. Here’s How the Answer Got So Complicated (Time Magazine, March 12, 2020)
Green card gridlock: When will Congress agree on a solution? (CQ Roll Call, January 23, 2020)
Suffering in Many Languages (CQ Roll Call, September 30, 2019)
How Voters Turned Virginia From Deep Red to Solid Blue (The New York Times, November 11, 2019)