Graham F. West currently serves as one of two Co-Interim Executive Directors of the Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States. In this leadership role, he shares the management of the day-to-day operations of the Sikh Coalition and is responsible for shaping and implementing the organization’s strategic plan as we enter our third decade of work on behalf of the Sikh community.
Graham was promoted to Programs Director at the Sikh Coalition in July 2023. He originally joined the organization as Media and Communications Director in July 2019, and was promoted to Senior Director of Media and Communications in May 2023. In the Programs Director role, he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s cross-programmatic work, including by managing the communications and community development teams.
Throughout his time leading the communications team the Sikh Coalition, Graham worked to ensure respectful and responsible media coverage of the Sikh community in moments of opportunity and times of crisis, including leading the organization’s rapid response communications work in the aftermath of the 2021 mass shooting at the FedEx ground facility in Indianapolis, IN, and managing a coordinated effort to highlight stories of seva from sangats across the country in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Graham also works closely with the Sikh Coalition legal team to ensure that all aspects of the organization’s communications work serve the best interest of our clients, while also using media engagement as a tool for supporting lasting change in areas of policy that directly affect Sikhs and other religious minorities. Additionally, he has managed the creation and dissemination of English and Punjabi-language resources for the Sikh community across several of the Sikh Coalition’s programmatic areas, including the organization’s Get Out The Vote work, pandemic-related content, and vaccine information.
Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition, Graham worked on the communications team at Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project, including a tenure of more than three years as Communications Director. At Truman, he and his team provided messaging and earned and placed media support for the organization’s nationwide community of national security experts and advanced a progressive vision of American foreign policy on issues ranging from climate change to NATO and nuclear nonproliferation to refugee policy.
Graham holds an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a BA in Political Science, History, and Middle East Studies from Rice University. Outside of work, Graham enjoys cooking and watching movies with his family.