The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), the coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the greater Los Angeles area, is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Manjusha P. Kulkarni.
“We are delighted to have Manju serve as A3PCON’s new Executive Director,” said Debra Fong, A3PCON President. “Given the challenges faced by API communities from potential cuts in health care programs, gentrification and lack of affordable housing, and language barriers that prevent access to senior services and mental health care, we need a strong leader who will challenge unfair practices and promote more equitable policies.”
Manju’s work in the social justice movement over the past two decades demonstrates her significant knowledge in the fields of health policy and civil rights as well as her dedication to improving the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and members of other communities of color. Manju served for five and a half years as Executive Director of South Asian Network (SAN), a community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, and civil rights of South Asians in Southern California. Before joining SAN, she worked as Senior Attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) to improve access to quality health care for low-income individuals. Manju began her career as Director of Intake at the Law Offices of Sharon Lybeck Hartmann, a civil rights law firm appointed to monitor compliance with the consent decrees for the Denny’s class action race discrimination lawsuits. On April 24, 2014, Manju received the White House Champions of Change award for her dedication to improving health care access for South Asian Americans.
Manju received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law.
“I am thrilled to join A3PCON,” Manju stated. “This is a critical time for our communities. The onslaught of anti-immigrant policies that seek to tear apart families, the scaling back of environmental protections and the retraction of civil rights and voting rights laws necessitates a strong response. I look forward to working with A3PCON member organizations, coalition partners and local and state policymakers to do what A3PCON has always done—stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Manju begins as Executive Director on July 10, 2017. The Board of Directors and staff ask that you join them in welcoming Manju to A3PCON. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 239-0300.