Anisha Singh
Published December 2, 2021
Updated June 7, 2022

Anisha Singh is the executive director of the Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States. She is a former adjunct professor at NYU and is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. 

In response to the xenophobia stemming from 9/11, Singh has worked with the Sikh Coalition to advance the religious freedoms and civil rights of Sikhs through advocacy and organizing. As an attorney, she won a historic 2015 anti-discrimination case against the U.S. Army on behalf of a Sikh college student seeking to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps with his articles of faith. In 2016, Singh was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30″ for law and policy.

Singh has worked in several nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Before joining the Sikh Coalition in spring of 2022, she led the courts and democracy programs at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). As the director of judiciary and democracy affairs, she developed strategies to protect reproductive healthcare in U.S. courts through judicial nomination campaigns and to empower voters. 

Before her time at PPFA, Singh worked in advocacy and organizing at the Center for American Progress (CAP) where she managed a team and developed trainings and campaigns to incorporate the youth perspective into the national conversation on progressive issues. Before that, as campaign manager at Legal Progress, Singh managed grassroots organization efforts across the country to mobilize Americans on judicial nominations. 

Prior to her time with CAP, Singh served as a policy attorney and project manager for United Sikhs. While there, she managed the Washington, D.C., chapter, served as counsel on anti-discrimination cases, advised on legislative language, cultivated key relationships with the White House and on Capitol Hill, and founded a national anti-bullying campaign to assist victims of bullying through resources developed in partnership with the White House Anti-Bullying Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Singh received her B.A. in political science and communication studies from Florida State University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Courtesy of the Sikh Coalition

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Civil rights litigation, Sikh Americans, religious freedom, anti-discrimination law, anti-bullying legislation, reproductive healthcare legislation, Asian American organizing.

Location: Washington, D.C.


Twitter: @sikh_coalition and @Anisha_S113

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