August 3, 2023 (Nationwide) — It is an exciting time at the Sikh Coalition! As part of our efforts to strengthen and expand the work we do to serve the nationwide sangat, we continue to grow our team: As the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the country, we now have 20 full-time staff with additional hires still on the way.
Over the past few months, the Sikh Coalition has hired five new full-time staff members: Harleen Singh, Development Director, based in Texas; Afy Inyang, Senior Digital Communications Manager, based in Pennsylvania; Mannirmal Kaur, Research and Policy Manager, based in North Carolina; Gurleen Mann, Legal Intake Manager, based in Washington state; and Nikki Moor, Development Manager, based in California. We also recently welcomed two new members, Dr. Sandeep Singh and Sukhmani Kaur Kocher, to our Board of Trustees.
Additionally, three staff members have stepped into larger roles within the organization. Harman Singh, who was originally hired as Senior Education Manager, has been promoted to the position of Policy and Education Director. In his new role, Harman will manage the Sikh Coalition’s federal, state, and local-level advocacy work, as well as our educational efforts from the 10+ year campaign to include Sikhi in state social studies standards to the production of our massive library of free educational resources. Graham F. West, who was originally hired as Media and Communications Director, will now serve as the Programs Director. In addition to continuing to supervise the organization’s communications work, Graham will now also oversee the community development team and, in general, coordinate cross-programmatic projects and needs for the entire organization. And finally, Giselle Klapper, who originally joined the organization as a Legal Fellow before being hired as a Staff Attorney, has now become our Deputy Legal Director as she takes a greater role in the cross-programmatic elements of our legal team’s work.
Amidst all of these exciting hires and promotions, the Sikh Coalition is adding even more capacity to our team! We currently have open positions for the posts of Media and Communications Director, Senior State Policy Manager, and Senior Education Manager. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply today or share widely with your networks.
Finally, at the conclusion of last month, the Sikh Coalition said a bittersweet farewell to our Senior Managing Director of Programs, Mark Reading-Smith. Mark originally joined the organization nine years ago as our first Media and Communications Director after having worked extensively with both the Sikh Coalition and the Oak Creek sangat in light of the 2012 attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. We are extraordinarily grateful for Mark’s nine years of contributions to the Sikh Coalition and his passionate work on behalf of the Sikh community, and we wish him the best as he moves into an Executive Director position at another nonprofit organization in the months ahead.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.