Deepinder Singh has played an important role in academics, advancement, policy research and implementation in the roles of professor, academic administrator and director for numerous centers in the fields of academics and nonprofit, civil-rights advocacy. Deepinder comes to us from Madonna University in Michigan, where he was concurrently Director for the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue while serving as a full-time faculty member in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department.
Deepinder has a B.A. in history and philosophy and a Masters in philosophy from Western Michigan University. His doctoral dissertation and research is in political philosophy. Deepinder has presented his research at academic conferences, held workshops at major research institutions, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Outside of academics, Deepinder is a United States Army Veteran and has served honorably in numerous areas of conflict. He is from Chelsea, Michigan.
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.
Jyotswaroop joined SALDEF’s Southern California office with 10 years of experience in youth education programs, teaching, economic and social justice work. She also oversees much of the community relations work, including the Law Enforcement Partnership Program.
Jyotswaroop serves on the Board of Directors of SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) — a community based organization in South Los Angeles. She graduated with an M.A. in Public Administration, Non-Profit Management and Policy degree from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and received her B.A. in English with a minor in Conflict Resolution from the University of California at Irvine.
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 “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 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.