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Sikh Family Center Advisory Board

Mameet Kaur

Executive Director | Founder City Health Works

Manmeet Kaur founded City Health Works in 2012 to create a business case for the integration of local health coaches into the U.S healthcare system. Prior, she was an advisor to the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign and worked on community health and workforce initiatives in South Africa (Mamelani Projects), India (LabourNet) and NYC (the Brennan Center for Justice). In her time abroad Manmeet saw the potential for reverse innovation from lower cost health systems when applied to the U.S.

Manmeet’s work has been featured in PBS Newshour, The Economist, NPR, Generations, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Commonwealth Fund, the NY Daily News, the Brookings Institution, NationSwell, and more. She earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College. Manmeet is currently a Janice Nittoli Practitioner Fellow at the Urban Institute and a Draper Richard Kaplan Social Entrepreneur; she has formerly served as a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, a GLG Social Impact Fellow, and a Third Millennium Human Rights Fellow. She serves on the Board of the Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization, and as an Advisory Board Member to the Sikh Family Center. Manmeet was born and raised in New York; she lives in New York with her husband, mother and two energetic sons.

Nancy K.D. Lemon

Nancy K.D. Lemon, the John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, has committed her legal career to improving safety in the family home. She received a BA in Women's Studies with honors in 1975 from University of California at Santa Cruz. She graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law (UC Berkeley) in 1980, and has specialized in domestic violence legal issues ever since. She has taught Domestic Violence Law at Boalt since 1988. Her textbook, Domestic Violence Law (3rd edition by West, 2009) is the first published curriculum on this topic and is used in law schools around the US. She also teaches a Domestic Violence Practicum class at Boalt, and with her students has written many amicus briefs. In 2013, she was awarded the John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer status to honor her many years of service. She has represented hundreds of battered women obtaining restraining orders and advocated for them with the civil and criminal justice systems. She has interviewed well over 1500 victims of domestic violence starting in 1979. Ms. Lemon has worked with other attorneys as a trial consultant, and has worked since 1995 as an expert witness in hundreds of civil, criminal, and asylum cases on domestic violence issues. As of January 2013, she has testified in over 60 cases. In 2012, Ms. Lemon also co-founded the non-profit Family Violence Appellate Project, and currently serves as its Legal Director.

She has written curricula for new judges and court employees, as well as a benchbook for California criminal court judges. She has trained hundreds of judges, police officers, prosecutors, court employees, custody evaluators, mediators, social workers, and domestic violence advocates on domestic violence dynamics and laws. Ms. Lemon has worked on numerous pieces of legislation in the California legislature. For fourteen years she was an Associate Editor of Domestic Violence Report, a bimonthly national publication. She has published many books and articles in this field.

Nitasha Sawhney

Nitasha Kaur Sawhney is an equity partner in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles offices of Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP. She specializes in labor and employment and education law and also serves as legal counsel to public agencies throughout California, particularly to educational institutions.

Natiasha frequently speaks and provides training on Sexual Harassment and Retaliation prevention, Workplace Investigations, Documenting Employee Conduct, Labor Management, ethics and post-9/11 hate crimes and bullying. She also served as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. She was initially appointed to the Commission in 2006 and was reappointed in 2010 by the Speaker of the State Assembly.

Nitasha currently serves on the Board of Directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national civil rights organization dedicated to raising the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations in the United States. Nitasha also serves on the legal advisory council of the Sikh Coalition and as a volunteer with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF).

Nitasha received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Inder Jit Singh

Dr. Inder Jit Singh brings vast personal and professional experience, as well as a ready wit and enduring curiosity, to the SFC advisory board. Dr. Singh came to the United States in 1960 on a Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. After decades of mentoring and inspiring students, he is now a Professor Emeritus, anatomical sciences, New York University. He severs as a trustee of the MBSK Foundation; on the advisory board of United Sikhs; and on the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Sikh Review (Calcutta). His books, including "Sikhs and Sikhism: A View With a Bias" and "Being & Becoming a Sikh," highlight his journey as a Sikh in North America. Inder Jit Singh is a regular columnist on the online magazine sikhchic and has lectured extensively on interfaith issues.

Dr. Molina Kaur

Dr. Molina Kaur brings broad medical and community service experience to the board. Molina is a podiatrist in private practice on Olympia, WA where she has been practicing for the last 15 years. She was raised in Seattle and received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA. She also serves on the Board of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association and is currently the Chair person of the Committee for Legislative Affairs. She and her husband are blessed with three children. She is a very active volunteer in the Sikh community in Seattle area helping to organize different events such as medical camps, breast cancer screenings, blood drives, workshops and education events for the broader community. Molina is also involved in the planning and teaching Gurmukhi and Sikh History at the Khalsa Gurmat School in Renton, WA.

Inni Kaur

Inni Kaur, based in Connecticut, brings to SFC her years of organizing and inspiring children and the child within adults alike. She is the Vice President of Spectrum Communications, an advertising and corporate design firm. A published poet, Kaur is an active participant in Sikh community affairs, raising awareness on many key faith and women's issues. She is on the editorial board of Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh Heritage and culture and is an active board member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut. She also serves on the boards of the MBSK Foundation, Namaskaar Foundation and Sikh Research Institute. Committed to inspiring young people, Kaur has authored Journey with the Gurus, a children's book series about the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev. Born and raised in Kuwait, Inni Kaur lived in New Zealand, Australia and Greece before moving to the United States in 1982. She resides with her husband in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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