Aparna Shah

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Aparna has worked for social change and expanded democracy with immigrant, refugee and young people of color for over 25 years. She recently transitioned from Co-Executive Director of Power California (formerly Mobilize the Immigrant Vote and YVote) to Senior Advisor for the organization. Under her leadership over the last 10 years, PowerCA/MIV organized statewide campaigns reaching 500,000+ young, immigrant and refugee voters of color, built the long-term infrastructure and capacity of grassroots immigrant and refugee organizations across the state to run electoral and issue campaigns, and established a sister organization, PowerCA Action (formerly MIV Action Fund). Previously, Aparna worked to advance the self-determination and reproductive justice of women, people of color, and queer communities and spent several years working to transform a public middle school into a vibrant youth and community center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Aparna is a Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneers in Justice Fellow, sits on the Board of 18 Million Rising, and holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She was born in Manila, grew up in Mumbai, and now lives with her family in Oakland, CA. 

aparna shah at o&b