Narinder Singh, Chair
Narinder Singh is one of the founders and Chief Strategy Officer at Appirio Inc., a cloud solution provider that helps enterprises achieve real results from cloud applications and platforms. Appirio's innovation and expertise has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2012 Technology Pioneer, Businessweek as one of America's Most Promising Startups and by AlwaysOn as On-Demand Company of the Year (2010).
Before Appirio, Narinder worked at SAP in the Office of the CEO as a part of the Corporate Strategy Group. Prior to working at SAP, Narinder managed development and product management for Web Methods B2B, Industry, BPM and Workflow offerings. Narinder joined webMethods in 1998 as one of its first forty employees.
Narinder is actively involved in the Sikh community and has worked to develop children's summer camps as well as retreats, seminars and conferences for young adults over the past decade. He devoted his full time and energy after September 11, 2001 to the Sikh Coalition to help empower the Sikh community to become civically engaged in the face of mounting hate crimes and discrimination.
Narinder holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Wharton School
Prabhjot Singh, Treasurer
Prabhjot was a co-founder of the Sikh Coalition and served as the organization's Executive Director until 2005. A long time activist, he has championed a broad range of causes - from employment discrimination to the use of secret evidence by the federal government. He devoted his full time energy in the months following September 11, 2001 to mobilizing the Sikh community and developing the Sikh Coalition's national infrastructure. Prabhjot has long been actively involved in various facets of the Sikh community, and is regularly invited to speak at universities and events about activism, tolerance, and the Sikh faith. Prabhjot's professional background is in Sales & Marketing in the technology and finance sectors. For several years, Prabhjot served as Vice President of Marketing at the Wily Technology Division of CA Technologies (CA). One of Wily's first 20 employees, he was instrumental in growing Wily into a thriving business, leading to acquisition of the company by CA in 2006. He is currently working on a new venture in the Silicon Valley.
Rubin Paul Singh, Secretary
Rubin Paul Singh joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, but has been actively involved with the Sikh community over the last fifteen years. He has previously served as the Director of Education for Camp FATEH (now called Camp Sikh Virsa), a development and leadership program that sponsors bi-annual camps for Sikh children in Wisconsin and bi-annual service oriented retreats for teenagers in Chicago. Rubin currently facilitates workshops on Sikh theology, history, and human rights issues at summer camps and gurdwaras throughout the Washington DC area. In addition, he is active in organizing Sikh students at local universities, and is regarded as a thought leader in the community thanks to his regular contributions to online Sikh publications. Rubin's work with the Sikh Coalition began with his development and facilitation of presentations for elementary and high school students in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as his work with schools to incorporate a Sikh component to their religion curriculum.
Rubin is a technologist by training and currently works as a senior product manager for a software firm in the Washington, DC area. He holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland,Baltimore County.
Harpreet Singh is a member of the faculty in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. He received his PhD in South Asian Religions from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard in 2012. Harpreet also co-founded Academic Room, a platform where academics and subject matter experts from over 200 countries interact, share content and find short-term consulting opportunities.
Harpreet previously held various senior management positions in the New York area. He left his career on Wall Street to help found the Sikh Coalition in the wake of hate crimes against Sikh-Americans after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Harpreet serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sikh Scholarship Foundation and on the advisory boards of Institute for Asian American Studies and Sikh Research Institute.
Harpreet received his Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School and received training in Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Brajbhasha, Urdu, French and German. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2003, along with Desmond Tutu, Harpreet was honored with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Tribute by the Interfaith Center of New York for his work to help heal local communities on the grassroots level.
Jasjit Singh joined the Board of Trustees in 2007. He brings with him a wide range of perspectives on the Sikh experience from his experience as a citizen of both Punjab and North America, and a distinguished history of involvement in community organizing efforts ranging from the Sikh Missionary College and the Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity to the Sikh Coalition. Since immigrating to the United States from Punjab, he has spent time interacting with local Sikh communities in Canada, Massachusetts, New York,Washington DC, Texas, Minnesota, Oregon, and California. Jasjit helps the Coalition create a bridge across various segments of the Community and also has a proven record of utilizing his network of contacts to launch large scale organizing efforts at a national level.
A business and technology consultant by training, Jasjit currently works with CA Technologies, creating marketing strategy for their Service Assurance business. He has previously worked for Ebay, Symantec and Target to help these companies improve their business processes.
Jasjit holds an MBA from Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar and a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University in Boston.
Manmeet Kaur joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. She 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 related initiatives in South Africa, India and the United States. The organization has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and Robin Hood foundations and has become a leading model for applying innovations from low-resource countries towards the transformation of healthcare services in the U.S.
Manmeet’s work has been featured in NPR, the Daily News, and NEJM. She earned an MBA from Columbia and a BA from Barnard College and was selected as a Third Millennium Human Rights Fellow and a GLG Social Impact Fellow. Manmeet was born and raised in New York and lives in Harlem with her husband and son.
Manpreet K. Singh
Manpreet K. Singh joined the Board of Trustees in 2015. She is a practicing attorney and frequent trial lawyer who has been recognized by the Houston Young Lawyers Association. In recent years, she has completed the Harvard Leadership Program and been the recipient of the Diversity First Award for her incredible work in support of the Sikh and South Asian community in the greater Houston area.
In 2008 and 2014, Manpreet testified in front of the Texas Board of Education to include Sikhism in school textbooks and continued to be a fierce advocate of Sikh education by teaching Sikhism in classrooms across Texas. Nationally, she has traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby for passage of the Safe Schools Act and to advocate for religious tolerance in the U.S. Army. Born and raised in Houston, Manpreet enjoys traveling with her husband and playing goalkeeper for her two budding soccer stars.
Suneet Kaur joined the Sikh Coalition's Board in 2010. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, she works to provide care for the local indigent and underserved population. In addition she developed and maintains responsibility for outpatient medicine curriculum for the internal medicine residency program.
Suneet has a strong background in community engagement and public service, specifically her work at an orphanage near Chandigarh, Punjab while enrolled in the Change Across Borders program through the Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity (FATEH). Currently, she teaches children various aspects of the Sikh religion, including kirtan and the Punjabi language, at her local Sunday school and volunteers at the semiannual Health Fair held at Gurdwara Sahib Charlotte.
Suneet holds a B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MD from Albany Medical College. She also has a Masters in Health Science Research from Duke University.