Nisha Ramachandran becomes first South Asian American to be named executive director of CAPAC

Nisha Ramachandran becomes first South Asian American to be named executive director of CAPAC

Indian-American Nisha Ramachandran has been elected as the new executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).

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Nisha Ramachandran, a former aide to Democratic leader Ami Bera, was named CAPAC’s executive director on July 22 Indian-American Nisha Ramachandran has been elected as the new executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). She is the first person of South Asian American descent to serve in the role.

“This week, I started in my new role as CAPAC Executive Director. I am thrilled to join this awesome team under the leadership of @RepJudyChu and continue working with the AAPI community. Sincere thanks to everyone for all your well wishes and support,” Nisha Ramachandran tweeted.

CAPAC, founded in 1994, is a congressional caucus of members of Congress of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander heritage (AAPI).

“Nisha comes to CAPAC after nearly a decade of experience working with the AAPI community on a national scale. Her breadth of knowledge on the issues important to the community — from civil rights to healthcare — make Nisha the perfect leader to help guide CAPAC in this critical moment as we address the continuing problem of anti-Asian violence and work to rebuild after the coronavirus pandemic in a way that ensures AAPIs are included. I am looking forward to working with Nisha to advance AAPI priorities and am eager to see her succeed,” she added.

“Congratulations to Nisha Ramachandran on being selected to serve as the next Executive Director of CAPAC. With her appointment, Nisha becomes the first South Asian to fill this important leadership position. Nisha has nearly a decade of experience working within the AAPI community, including serving as an APAICS fellow with my office. I’m confident Nisha will be a great Executive Director and will play a valuable role in uplifting the AAPI community during this critical moment in our nation’s history. As a proud CAPAC Member, I look forward to working with Nisha to advance the important work of our organization.”

Congressman Ami Bera said, “Congratulations to Nisha Ramachandran on being selected to serve as the next Executive Director of CAPAC. With her appointment, Nisha becomes the first South Asian to fill this important leadership position. Nisha has nearly a decade of experience working within the AAPI community, including serving as an APAICS fellow with my office.”

“I’m confident Nisha will be a great Executive Director and will play a valuable role in uplifting the AAPI community during this critical moment in our nation’s history. As a proud CAPAC Member, I look forward to working with Nisha to advance the important work of our organization,” he added.

Most recently, Nisha Ramachandran managed her own consulting business that focused on AAPI advocacy. She is also a co-founder and board member of ‘Desis for Progress’, a group that supports the voice of South Asian Americans.

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