Harman Singh 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.
Harman was promoted to Policy and Education Director of the Sikh Coalition in July 2023; he originally joined as the Senior Manager of Education in December 2021, and was promoted to Education Director in May 2023. In this role, he oversees the policy and education program areas. On the policy front, he manages legislative and executive advocacy at the state and federal levels around measures to combat hate crimes, school bullying, workplace discrimination, and racial profiling. In terms of education, he works to advance the Sikh Coalition’s multi-year advocacy in the area of state standards curricula to ensure that classrooms are more inclusive and that Sikhi is taught appropriately and accurately in public schools across the United States.
Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition, Harman spent seven years working in higher education as a PhD Program Coordinator & Academic Auditor at the University of Michigan and as an Academic Advisor at Wayne State University. Harman’s work primarily centered on equity in education, as he developed programs geared towards first-generation college students and students of color. He previously served as a Board Member for the Wayne State University Alumni Association, facilitating career and graduate school opportunities for students.
In addition to his work in higher education, Harman served a term with AmeriCorps, assisting metro-Detroit high schools in improving their graduation rates through the creation of after-school programs. He also co-founded Seva4Everybody, a grassroots organization that focuses on basic needs support for residents of Detroit and mentorship for youth. The organization holds bi-weekly Seva events and builds relationships with community groups in Detroit, and was recognized by the City of Detroit for service to the community.
Harman earned his B.A. in History, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, and M.A. in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, rooting for the Detroit Pistons, and going on runs.