Gouri Sadhwani

The Akanksha Fund
Executive Director
Gouri Sadhwani is an experienced leader in human, labor and women’s rights. She is the Executive Director for the Akanksha Fund Inc. where she leads their efforts to raise awareness and support for the Akanksha Foundation - a nonprofit organization in India that provides children from low-income communities with high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. 

Prior to joining Akanksha she was Vice President of Campaigns at the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA) which includes environmental and labor organizations representing over 14 million members in the United States. She also served as Deputy Executive Director at Amnesty International USA for four years prior to joining BGA, where she oversaw AIUSA's largest department and led Amnesty’s human rights campaigns and activism work with its membership and supporter base of over 500,000 activists in the US.  She has also served as Special Assistant to the President of the Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ where she led the union's work on immigrant rights, membership engagement and strategic partnerships. Her prior experience also includes five years as Executive Director of the New York Civic Participation Project, and as Executive Director of the Hague Appeal for Peace.

Ms. Sadhwani is a graduate of the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University where she earned a Masters in Public Administration.  She also has a B.A. in Political Science from Montclair State University. She has taught at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations/ CUNY and speaks regularly on topics of human rights, labor rights and current affairs. Ms. Sadhwani was born in India and currently resides in Montclair, NJ. 

My Speakers Sessions

Friday, March 14

8:30am EDT