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Sarita Ahuja – RYSE

A resident of Richmond, Sarita Ahuja is Director of Organizational Development at Neighborhood Funders Group. She is also an independent consultant with over 20 years of grantmaking, fundraising and research experience. She works with organizations and projects that promote racial equity, immigrants’ rights, economic justice, and community organizing. Her professional background includes past positions with the San Francisco Foundation, Asian Law Caucus, the California Endowment, and the Ford Foundation. She has authored a number of publications aimed at educating funders about the needs of communities of color, including the recent report Widening the Lens on Boys and Men of Color: California AAPI and AMEMSA Perspectives.

In addition to serving on RYSE’s Board, Sarita is also a Trust member of the California Vipassana Center. A second generation Indian-American, she has served on the boards of Narika (a Bay Area-based domestic violence agency for South Asian women) and the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota.