Satjeet Kaur

Indian American Satjeet Kaur has been named the new executive director of the Sikh Coalition. ( photo)

The Sikh Coalition Feb. 22 announced that it has named Satjeet Kaur as its new executive director.

In her post, Kaur will lead the day-to-day management of the coalition's staff and drive the strategic direction of the organization in the U.S., it said in a news release.

“This organization has been built through the outstanding work of so many people over the last 17 years,” Kaur said in a statement.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to use this momentum to improve civil rights in this country and empower the Sikh community,” the new Indian American executive director added. “This work is as important as ever and I look forward to working together, across our legal, advocacy, education and community development programs, to push for critical change on behalf of our community.”

Since joining the Sikh Coalition staff in 2010, Kaur has built experience in nearly every programmatic area of the organization’s work, it said.

In her early years with the organization, she managed operations, supported Sikh state standards and education projects, developed Sikh awareness resources and launched the Sikh Coalition’s social media platforms.

Of late, as the senior director of development and finance, she refined organizational branding, incorporated game-changing technology, and installed new processes that resulted in the Sikh Coalition receiving recognition as one of the top nonprofits for transparency and governance, the coalition noted.

Additionally, her fundraising leadership has resulted in doubling the amount of resources now supporting the Sikh community, it said.

“Satjeet is undoubtedly the right choice for this job. Her integrity, judgment and commitment to the community have inspired thousands. For nearly eight years, I have admired her endless contributions to our work and her leadership across the Sikh community and within our team,” said co-founder and board chairman Narinder Singh in a statement.

“She has the full support of our board, the complete trust of our staff and the backing of the philanthropic institutions that help support our work,” Singh added.

After serving as interim executive director for the past five months, Singh will return to the board of directors as executive chairman. In this expanded capacity he will chair the board of the Sikh Coalition and provide support to Kaur and the leadership of the organization.

The Sikh Coalition’s goal remains working towards a world where Sikhs, and other religious minorities in America, may freely practice their faith without bias and discrimination. In 2018, this work continues through high-impact advocacy in the courtroom, classroom, community and halls of Congress, it said.

“For 17 years, you have depended on us to defend your rights and create lasting impact for the generations that follow,” said Kaur. “I’m honored to help lead this work with our committed team and I am excited about what the future holds for bringing you more lasting results.”

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