Meet the Team

OUR TEAM

Our team is growing rapidly. It started from one person running community calls, to a group of passionate volunteers who are drawn to the vision of a loving, inclusive Desi community. Each person on our team brings their unique skills and perspective to support our mission.

 

Contact us if you are interested in joining our team!

 

Our Staff

Executive Director

Aruna (she, her, hers) is the proud parent of a transgender child and founder of Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies. She envisions a world where diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity are valued by all. 

Strategic Planning & Development Consultant

Sapna (she, her, hers) is a queer South Asian organizer, advocate, strategist and mother. Over the past 20 years, she has worked at various organizations in the US and abroad, primarily focused on immigrant justice and public health. Sapna lives in DC with her wife and toddler.

Our Board

Our Board

 

Co-President

Manjula (she, her, hers) is the proud parent of a transgender daughter and Operations Manager of a large public library system in Washington state.

Treasurer

Aubrey (she, her, hers) works in the Non-Profit sector as a Director of Business Operations. She is the proud mother of 3 children, one of whom identifies as LGBTQ+.

Partnerships & Collaborations

Charmaine (she, her, hers) is the proud mother of a nonbinary queer child. After two decades as a business leader, she now works to increase family acceptance of LGBTQ youth. 

Co-President

Kingston (he, him, his) is an Artist, Activist and Entrepreneur. He proudly identifies as a Tamil Queer Christian.

Communications

Coordinator

Anupam (he, him, his) is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and worked as a Vice President in Goldman Sachs. He enjoys teaching Bhangra and spoils his rescue puppy, Daisy.

Faith Community Outreach

Koshy Mathews (he, him, his) is a retired Episcopal priest currently serving as an Interim Rector at Gloria Dei Church in Philadelphia. He is the proud parent of a gay daughter.

Secretary

Reema (she, her, hers) is the proud parent of a transgender child. She works in pharmaceutical research to improve health outcomes, quality of life and access to medicines. 

Community Outreach

Colin Mascarenhas (he, him, his) proudly identifies as a gay man. He is an engineer by profession, and an Odissi dancer by passion. He is a roadie, foodie and is looking forward to working with Desi families.

Our Coordinators

 

Parent Support

Tejinder (she, her, hers) is a mom, speaker and trainer, an advocate for transgender Lives and parental acceptance, and an empowerment Life Coach.

Graphics & 

Social Media

Srutika (she, her, hers) is an artist and storyteller with a background in social justice and medicine. She enjoys using her artistic skills to promote and nourish queer affirming South Asian spaces.

LGBTQ+ Support

Reshna (she, her, hers) is a cis-gendered Indian-American queer womxn from rural South Georgia. She is an urgent care Physician Assistant by day and budding entrepreneur by night.

Inquiry & Welcome

Devki (she, her, hers) is a parent of a transgender young adult. She has a background in social science, and is a LGBTQIA+ ally and espouses parent acceptance. She brings a bi-cultural perspective as she was born in India but moved to the US at a young age.

Website Development

Vishaka (she, her, hers) is a proud sister of a transgender woman. She studies Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and is always searching for ways to give back to the community. 

Inquiry & Welcome

Mehereen (she, her, hers) is an educator and immigrant Muslim mom of 3 boys, the youngest of whom is transgender. Raised in a traditional South Asian family, she has chosen to break the barriers of what it means to be a divorced mom, and is an ally to LGBTQIA people everywhere.

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