Staff

Baldev Singh

Executive Director

Prior to joining SALDEF, Baldev had a highly successful career in the private sector, where he was President of International Markets at Oxyfresh International, culminating over 30 years of experience with direct sales business units in the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a stellar business record and has a proven track record of leading organizations to consistent growth and success.

In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 2012, Baldev became a passionate local activist and launched a local initiative called “Meet Your Neighbors”. Through this initiative Baldev championed fellowship, understanding and cooperation amongst communities to treat each other with respect. Baldev frequently spoke at local universities and organizations to share information about Sikh Americans and Sikhism.

Baldev currently resides in Virginia but his story begins in Malaysia. Baldev is a graduate of English literature from the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and speaks five Asian languages.

 

Satnam Singh

Director of Government and Community Relations

Satnam leads SALDEF’s efforts to build stronger relationships in Congress and in coalition with civil rights organizations. He also coordinates the organization’s DC internship and SikhLead leadership programs. Satnam regularly works with government agencies, including DHS, FBI, Department of Education and others to address hate crimes, racial profiling, and religious accommodation.

He joined SALDEF after volunteering with the organization, including leading trainings as part of the organization’s Law Enforcement Partnership Program (LEPP) in the greater Boston area. He previously worked in the renewable energy sector, helping design and deliver solar photovoltaics across the US and Canada. Satnam graduated from Framingham State University in Massachusetts with degrees in Business Administration and Philosophy.

 

Amrita Kaur Bamrah

Policy Associate and SikhLEAD Coordinator

Amrita manages governmental relations with elected officials in Washington D.C. and helps oversee the SikhLead programs. She joins SALDEF with experience working with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Department of Justice Community Relations Service, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Service Employees International Union.

As a student, Amrita promoted awareness of the Sikh community by organizing large-scale langars on both of her collegiate campuses, reaching a total of over 7,000 people. A former participant of the SikhLEAD program, she was instrumental in organizing the first ever Langar on the Hill. Amrita completed a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Vishavjit Singh

Media Fellow

Vishavjit “Vish” Singh has released weekly cartoons on his website, www.sikhtoons.com since 2002. His art is focused on political, social, economic and religious developments within the Sikh community around the world. In the last few years that work has expanded to include broader issues of intolerance and acceptance. Vish’s art has been featured in museum exhibits and at film festivals, youth retreats, and conferences. He has been featured diverse media outlets including the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, Atlantic Monthly, and Salon.

A survivor of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms in India, Vish’s cartoons focus on the latest political, social, economic and religious developments within the Sikh community around the world. He studied Biological Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara and Biostatistics/Epidemiology in Graduate School at University of California, Berkeley.

 

Jaspreet Kaur

Associate

Jaspreet supports various initiatives as the SALDEF Associate. Her work at the organization’s national office in Washington, DC includes: managing operations; leading human resources; supporting financial oversight; and augmenting community engagement. Jaspreet is currently leading an effort to streamline internal processes, including knowledge management and transition, so SALDEF can better serve the Sikh American community for decades to come.

Her previous experience includes serving as a Human Resource manager and running a small business. Jaspreet earned an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources from Punjab University.

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