In her role as Senior State Policy Manager at the Sikh Coalition, Puneet Kaur, who joined the organization in November 2023, spearheads efforts to advance statewide legislation that includes comprehensive hate crime measures, promotes the integration of Sikh history into K-12 curricula, and enhances overall Sikh awareness across multiple states nationwide. With a keen focus on fostering understanding and inclusivity, Puneet aims to play a pivotal role in shaping statewide policies that resonate with the Sikh Coalition’s values.

With over 6 years of experience in public policy, Puneet’s journey began as an intern in the California State Capitol, where she honed her skills and passion for advocating on behalf of civil rights and anti-poverty initiatives. Puneet’s impactful advocacy extends to diverse areas, including LGBTQ+ civil rights and early childhood education. Some of her most notable accomplishments in the California State legislature include successfully passing legislation to make life-saving HIV preventative medications available over the counter, and securing essential funding for child-care workers and low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally from the Central Valley, Puneet relocated from the small agricultural town of Modesto to Sacramento, California to pursue a degree in Political Science at CSU Sacramento, where she has since become a devoted native. Beyond her professional pursuits, Puneet finds joy in spending quality time with her large family, passionately cheering on local and national sports teams, exploring farmers markets in the farm-to-fork capital, and experimenting with new recipes.