Nidhi Khanna

Chair

 

Nidhi Khanna started working in politics in 2008 as an organizer for former President Obama's presidential campaign. After his election, she remained politically active and volunteered her time to help gain grassroots and legislative support for the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

 

Khanna worked on Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 and served as a Northeast Regional Digital Lead for Obama’s organizing arm, Organizing for Action. In her roles at OFA, she trained volunteer organizers and teams to work on issue advocacy campaigns that included but were not limited to immigration reform, gun violence prevention, climate change, health care, women’s equality issues, LGBTQIA issues, and economic equality. Khanna worked for current DNC Vice-Chair and Assembly Member Michael Blake during his various campaigns. In 2016, she was a Digital Lead for Hillary Clinton's campaign in Ohio.

 

In 2018, Khanna was the Deputy Campaign Manager for former New York Assemblyman Matt Titone’s campaign for Surrogate Judge, who became the first openly gay Surrogate Judge to serve in New York history. Currently, she works full-time in Digital Strategies for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and is a Census Manager working to make sure all New Yorkers get counted for the Census. She is also a mentor for former Vice President Al Gore's non-profit education and advocacy organization, The Climate Reality Project.

 

Prior to working full-time in politics, Khanna used to be a scientific researcher and studied both climate change and breast cancer. She is on the executive boards of South Asians for America—a national grassroots organization that works to elect South Asian candidates up and down the ballot across the country and for Peace Action of Staten Island. She is also the Secretary for the Young Democrats of Richmond County, and a County Committee Member of the Staten Island Democratic Party. Khanna is an alumna of Staten Island Academy, received her B.S. in biology and philosophy from Wagner College, and M.S. in environmental science from the City University of New York.

Susmita Saha

Team Member

Susmita Saha is currently serves as the Vice Chair for APPI Colorado Democrats.  She served as the Event Director in 2014 for the Obama campaign in Cincinnati, Ohio.  There she recruited volunteers, organized events such as Women for Obama, and promoted Obama’s policies in a swing district. In the past, Saha worked as policy analyst at the Illinois State Senate. She currently is an educator in Colorado.

Aseem Chipalkatti

Team Member

Aseem Chipalkatti is a South Asian American community organizer and law student whose work revolves around ensuring the collective representation of minority groups, especially the South Asian community. As the co-founder and Board President of South Asian Americans for Washington (saatwa.org), he is excited to advocate for and promote the

 

goals of the South Asian and overarching AAPI communities in his home of Seattle and Washington State, as well as throughout the United States.

Aseem is a 3L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is working towards a career centered on affirmative litigation, with a focus on ensuring the rights of those traditionally and historically marginalized in this country. Before law school, Aseem was a political and communications consultant, and has worked on elections in Philadelphia, Sacramento, and the Greater Seattle Area. As a proud Venture for America alumnus, Aseem has worked for startups in both Philadelphia and St. Louis (both of which will always hold a special place in his heart). He received a BA from Claremont McKenna College in 2015.

Venkat Kodumudi

Team Member

Venkat is an Innovative Technology Leader based in Northern Virginia, running the US Blockchain Technology practice for a large Global Consulting Firm. Venkat has recently been named in a patent filed by his company, and is currently Pending Award.

 

Venkat has over 28 years in the Information Technology field has held numerous executive positions in various industries and has overseen large portfolios of applications and environment. He has served as CTO for startups as well. He has also served as a Federal Government IT executive.

 

Venkat's passion outside work is community service, and Venkat is the President of the local chapter of a global faith-based community service organization.

 

Venkat maintains that ethical living and integrity are the foundation of human life and strives to maintain these in every step of his life. This view of life is what prompted him to take an active role in politics and essentially provide his support in whatever way to the Vice President Biden's campaign.

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