Seema Agnani (she/hers) serves as executive director of National CAPACD (pronounced “capacity”), a coalition of more than 100 community based organizations that advocate for and organize in low-income Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. She has more than 25 years of experience in community development, capacity building, and immigrant rights. Agnani was a founder and executive director of Chhaya CDC, working in the South Asian community of New York City, leading the organization during the great recession and the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11. At Asian Americans for Equality in New York City, she managed affordable housing and economic development projects and neighborhood planning. She previously served as a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Community Advisory Board. Agnani is originally from the Chicago metro area, to which her parents emigrated from India.
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