As Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion, Deepa Iyer provides analysis, commentary and scholarship on the ways to build racial equity and solidarity in light of the rapid demographic transformation in America’s neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. Deepa is an attorney who has worked on civil and immigrant rights issues in the non-profit and governmental sectors for 15 years.
Most recently, Deepa served as Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for a decade, shaping the formation of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a network of local South Asian groups, and serving as Chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).
Deepa’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, was published in 2015. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and Vanderbilt University. Deepa is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Race Forward. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.