Board of Directors

Ayshea Khan [President] is the Asian Pacific American Community Archivist at the Austin History Center, where she works alongside community members to collaboratively collect, preserve and provide access to Austin’s vibrant Asian American history. She holds a B.S. in Cinema & Photography from Ithaca College and she received her MSIS in 2016 from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Archivist and has served in leadership positions with the Society of Southwest Archivists and Breaking Library Silos for Social Justice collective in Austin, which facilitates resource gathering, workshops, and conversations centered on creating more just library/archival/museum spaces. She has been a longtime SAADA volunteer and served as the Co-Chair for the SAADA Archivists' Collective.

Amit Khanna [Treasurer] is a second generation Indian American whose career has been firmly rooted in legal practice, though in a variety of settings. From 2007 through 2015, Amit was an attorney with the law firms Paul Weiss and Fenwick & West, where is practice spanned a variety of matters, with a particular focus on advising mission-driven technology companies and their investors. He then served as the inaugural Mission Investing Fellow for Eric and Wendy Schmidt's family foundation in Palo Alto where he helped build a platform for investment in early-stage enterprises focused on social, economic and environmental impact. Since early 2017, he has served as General Counsel of Knotel, a New York-based company that builds, designs and operates fully-customized flexible offices for companies across the US, Europe, Asia and South America. Amit actively advises and invests in a number of early-stage technology companies as well.

Amber Abbas is an Associate Professor of History at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where she teaches courses on World History, South Asia, South Asian America and Oral History Methodology. She completed her Ph.D. in South Asian History at the University of Texas at Austin where she trained in oral history training with Martha Norkunas. Amber’s oral history and archival research focuses on the period of transition associated with the 1947 Independence and Partition of India that ultimately resulted in the creation of three separate states: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. She served as co-chair of the Academic Council of South Asian American Digital Archive from 2014-2017. She serves on the OHA Education Committee and has published in South Asian History and Culture, The Appendix, and The Oral History Review. She has worked in archives and conducted oral histories in the United States, England, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.

Fariba S. Alam a visual artist whose work is intended to stimulate dialogue and reflection on the dynamic interplay between Islamic artistic traditions and personal family archives with more present and personal inquiries of gender and belonging. Alam is a former Fulbright Fellow, with a B.A. in MESAS (Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies) from Columbia University and an M.A. in studio art/art criticism from New York University. Over the last 15 years, Alam's work has been shown at The Queens Museum, The Asia Society, Exit Art, The Museum of African Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art/Shanghai amongst other galleries and fairs in the U.S. and Asia. During the same period, she has worked as a Digital Strategist for companies such as Apple and Estee Lauder (Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Clinique, MAC and others.) Her volunteer work includes creative services for SAKHI, Groundswell, The Acid Survivors Foundation and the founding board of The South Asian Women's Creative Collective. Alam resides in Brooklyn, New York and part-time in Joshua Tree, California where she is building an artist residency.

Amanda Kamalapuri (she/her) is a Product Manager at Newell Brands building the Direct to Consumer e-commerce experience for a variety of brands from Calphalon to Marmot. She has deep expertise in the retail industry, previously working in merchandising at Newell and Target. Amanda is a first-generation Indian-American who is passionate about furthering the strength and diversity of the South Asian diaspora. She has been volunteering with SAADA for the past 2 years, working on merchandising strategies and overall outreach. Prior to that, she served as Co-Lead for the American Indian Foundation’s New York Young Professional Chapter where she helped organize various fundraising events. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world and trekking the outdoors, having summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Annapurna Base Camp.

Samip Mallick is the co-founder and executive director of SAADA, which he has guided from its inception in 2008 to its place today as a national leader in community-based storytelling. Mallick's background includes degrees in computer science and library and information sciences and work related to international migration and South Asia for the for the Social Science Research Council and University of Chicago. Mallick currently serves on the Library of Congress Connecting Communities Digital Initiative advisory board. He also previously served as an archival consultant for the Ford Foundation's Reclaiming the Border Narrative initiative and on the Pennsylvania Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

Anjli Shah (she/her) has been a program associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2019, a philanthropy dedicated to advancing health equity, where she has worked on initiatives related to diverse network building, equitable grantmaking, and inclusive innovation. She holds a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology (Neurobiology) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. She is a founding member of and community organizer with Jains for Justice, where she has spearheaded voter mobilization campaigns and community conversations on racial justice. She was previously a SAADA volunteer. She is on Twitter @anjlishah17.