Welcome Kavita Mehra, Sakhi’s New Executive Director!

Dear Allies,

In her email of last week, Shalini Somayaji shared that she will be bidding farewell to Sakhi for South Asian Women at the end of this month. In anticipation of this departure, the Board of Directors has been working with Shalini over the last few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.  Shalini has been with Sakhi for 6 years: serving for the past two years as Executive Director and as Deputy Director for the four prior years.  We will all miss Shalini’s leadership along with her commitment to Sakhi’s mission, work, staff and volunteers.  Please join us in extending our thanks to her for the time she devoted to Sakhi and in wishing her the best of luck as she begins this new phase in her life.

We are excited to announce that we have concluded our extensive search for Sakhi’s new Executive Director, and on June 26th we welcomed Kavita Mehra into that role.  The Board and Kavita share a vision of enhancing and deepening Sakhi’s impact, and we look forward to partnering with her as we continue to grow our organization and work to ensure the voice of our community is heard.

Kavita’s experience is rooted in a career committed to organizations that build equity and advocate for justice — indeed her very first internship was with Sakhi.   Most recently, Kavita was the interim chief executive officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark (BGCN), where she was instrumental in managing the organization through a leadership transition and its successful stabilization. During her tenure at BGCN, among other things, Kavita oversaw an organizational restructuring, re-built BGCN’s program into a sustainable business model and spearheaded a rebranding campaign.  We look forward to her bringing her considerable skills to bear towards the further realization of Sakhi’s mission, particularly in regards to her entrepreneurial energy and fundraising experience.

The Board is committed to supporting Kavita in her new role, and we will be working closely with her to ensure that Sakhi continues to meet, and exceed, its mission. Please join us in enthusiastically welcoming Kavita back to our Sakhi community. In the coming weeks, she will be reaching out to many of you directly. In the interim, please feel free to contact her directly, either via email (kavita.mehra@sakhi.org) or by phone (212-714-9153, x 1002).

We would like to thank you: our supporters, champions and community for your steadfast partnership during this transition and beyond. We look forward to continuing our work in building justice and equity for the women and children we serve each and every day.


Meeta Anand

Board Chair

Sakhi for South Asian Women