OUR ORGANIZATION  

ABOUT US

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building the next generation of leadership from within the South Asian American community through innovative programs.

The organization was founded in August 2008 in memory of publisher and philanthropist Gopal Raju, who sponsored a program that placed over 170 students in Congressional internships over 15 years. The organization was founded by alumni of Mr. Raju's program who seek to continue his legacy and continue this vital program for the community.

EXECUTIVE BOARD
Co-Chair: Harin Contractor
Co-Chair: Harin Contractor
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Co-Chair: Nisha Jain
Co-Chair: Nisha Jain
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Program Director: Suparna Reddy
Program Director: Suparna Reddy

WLP '12 Suparna Reddy is a Legislative Counsel for Senator Jack Reed (RI) in the U.S. Senate. She has been closely involved with WLP in an organizing capacity since 2017. Previously, she worked as an antitrust lawyer at a large law firm in DC. In addition to interning at the U.S. Department of Labor and Canadian Parliament, she has also worked on economic development in Cleveland, Ohio and Hyderabad, India.

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Operations: Shikha Chivukula
Operations: Shikha Chivukula

WLP '15 Shikha is a Senior Business Analyst working in Capital One’s US Card division. She has previously worked as a Data Analyst at Fannie Mae and with several government agencies as an environmental-economics consultant in Cambridge, MA and student at American University. She also has significant experience with multiple nonprofits working in the immigration, gender-based violence, arts management, and queer-affirming spaces. Shikha was a '15 scholar placed at USAID and has a BS in Economics.

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Operations: Riya Patel
Operations: Riya Patel

WLP '17 Riya is the Managing Director for Government at Dcode. Her team works directly with the federal government on how to be better customers and enablers of high growth tech. Dcode connects the tech and government to get better tech into federal missions.Previously, Riya worked at the Defense Innovation Board and Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment. She earned her degree from Tufts University in international security and Russian language.

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Operations: Faryal Jafri
Operations: Faryal Jafri

WLP '16 Faryal Jafri is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where she serves as contract support for the Department of State. She supports Global Initiatives within the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (WMDT) under the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. She was a 2016 scholar placed at the Department of Defense's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment. She holds a BA from Tufts University in International Relations.

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Communications: Mishi Jain
Communications: Mishi Jain

WLP '16 Mishi Jain is a second-year student at Stanford Law School and a 2017 Truman Scholar. She is originally from Houston, TX where she obtained her B.A. at Rice University in Political Science and Policy Studies. Mishi is a 2016 scholar and interned at the White House Initiative for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is excited to be on the WLP Communications team to help grow the organization to the next level and build the next generation of South Asian American leadership.

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Communications: Shivank Singh
Communications: Shivank Singh

WLP '18 Shivank Singh is a program coordinator with the Healthy Families Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Previously, he worked as a legal assistant for RAICES, an AmeriCorps VISTA for Boston Medical Center, and on congressional campaigns in his hometown of Cincinnati. Shivank holds a BS from the University of Cincinnati in Neuroscience.

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Communications: Anmol Nagar
Communications: Anmol Nagar

WLP '18 Anmol is an External Affairs Project Management Associate at Capital One, based out of Washington, DC. She previously interned at Dcode, a federal facing technology accelerator and has experience in program management, research, and client relationship management. She is a WLP 2018 scholar where she interned with Congressman Ami Bera. She graduated in 2021 from Wellesley College with an Economics Major and Psychology Minor.

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Communications: Mihiri Kotikawatta
Communications: Mihiri Kotikawatta

WLP '20 Mihiri is a senior at the University of California San Diego studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Global Health. As a WLP 2020 scholar, she interned at Congressman Ami Bera’s office. She is currently interning at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation as an Economic Development Research intern where she analyzes the impact COVID-19 has on San Diego’s most vulnerable economic sectors.

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Fundraising: Waleed Hashmi
Fundraising: Waleed Hashmi

WLP '13 Waleed is a Foreign Affairs Officer with the State Dept.’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Previously, he worked as a Program Analyst with the department’s Diplomatic Security bureau. Waleed graduated from George Mason University with a Master’s and Undergrad degree, focusing on Public Policy. Waleed is a proud member of the WLP family and looks to support new fellows of the program.

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Fundraising: Arjun Ramani
Fundraising: Arjun Ramani

WLP '18 Arjun is an economist and journalist working to understand the drivers of innovation and the macroeconomy. He is The Economist's global economics correspondent in London and a researcher at Stanford where he did his undergrad in economics and master’s in computer science. In 2018 Arjun was a WLP scholar and worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisors. He has also worked in finance at Citadel. In his free time Arjun loves playing basketball and reading science fiction.

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Fundraising: Sonalee Rau
Fundraising: Sonalee Rau

WLP '12 Sonalee is a Master of Public Health candidate. She has worked at several federal agencies in the technology product and risk management spaces, and at the intersection of policy research and media. While in WLP, she interned at the Department of Labor -- she has been active in the WLP community since as a mentor and volunteer and is excited to continue to build the future of the program through her work on the Board in fundraising.

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PAST EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

Archita Taylor
Joy Swain

Jacob Mathai

Meera Patel

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The WLP Board of Directors are prominent members of the community who provide their wisdom and experience in support of the organization. Our current Board of Directors include:

Amy Mehta

Mathan Parasuram

Gautam Raghavan

Kapil Sharma

SPONSORS
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Moh Sharma

Jasjit Singh

Sita Sonty

Mini Timmaraju

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SUCCESSES

Academic Excellence

2 Rhodes Scholars

5 Truman Scholars

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