Sudha is a connector, story-teller, organizer, community builder, writer, and political campaigner. She has long been an outspoken proponent and educator on environmental and social justice issues with a strong commitment to creating a more equitable world. Originally from Spokane, WA,Sudha joined the board of OneAmerica (at the time, Hate Free Zone) because of her experiences growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents from India. After 9/11 and the rise in hate crimes and shifts in attitudes towards South Asians, Sudha wanted to have a more active role in the politics and policies around immigrant issues. Sudha believes in building power for immigrant communities and is appreciative of the opportunity to serve on the board of one of the most effective movement-focused organizations. Sudha also serves as Board Chair of OneAmerica Votes. Sustainable Path Foundation honored Sudha as by naming her one of ten "Pass it Forward" awardees for her work on connecting racial equity, immigrant communities, and the environmental movement.
Sudha recently joined Seattle Public Utilities’ Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division as a strategic advisor. In this work she connects together social justice and environmental issues and creates strategies for effective community engagement with a particular focus on immigrant and under-served communities.
Most recently, as the Communications Director for SEIU Local 925, Sudha built power with and for the 23,000 members of the union including child care providers, public school classified staff, and University of Washington classified staff. She led major campaign communication efforts, developed coalition partnerships, trained member spokespeople, and played a strategic role in advancing racial equity in the organization.
Sudha graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society and a specialization in environment, policy, and writing. After college, GreenCorps, the field school for environmental organizing, selected her for a year-long fellowship where she worked on issues ranging from cruise ship pollution to mercury in water.
The 2004 elections brought Sudha back to her home state of Washington to organize in Pullman on behalf of the democratic ticket. Sudha then joined the team of Corporate Accountability International to campaign to secure the human right to water, prevent corporate control of water and challenge Coca Cola’s water use in villages in India. Sudha later moved on to Washington Conservation Voters where she led the organizational communications efforts online and offline and managed outreach to the media.
Through her work in Washington state and international politics, Sudha has learned that there is an inextricable link between the movements for public health, human rights, environmental protections, strong communities, social justice, and gender, race, and income equity. Sudha has authored multiple articles on the importance of working at these intersections at Grist.org and SeattleGlobalist.org: