The third daughter of immigrant parents from India, Sudha grew up in Spokane, WA. She has long been an outspoken proponent and educator on environmental and social justice issues with a strong commitment to progressive politics. Sudha currently serves as the Communications Director for SEIU Local 925.
Sudha attended Cornell University and graduated with a degree in Biology and Society with a specialization in Environmental Policy. Sudha's interest and experiences in changing politics to better protect our environment and public health led her to be chosen for the highly competitive environmental organizing training program, Green Corps. During her fellowship year, Sudha worked on issues ranging from cruise ship pollution of oceans to mercury pollution in water. The 2004 elections brought Sudha back to her home state of Washington to organize in Pullman on behalf of the democratic ticket. Sudha moved to Seattle and joined the team of Corporate Accountability International (formerly Infact) as an organizer and played a key role in launching the campaign to secure the human right to water, prevent corporate control of water and challenge Coca Cola's water use in villages in India. Her time at Corporate Accountability took her all over the country, from sitting in a Southern California avocado farmer's home to delivering a statement at the Coca Cola shareholder meeting in Delaware. More recently, Sudha was the communications manager at Washington Conservation Voters where she led the communications efforts online and offline through emails, the website, newsletters and the Scorecard and also managed outreach to the media around key activities. The time spent engaging in Washington state and international politics has shown Sudha that the issues of environment, public health and social justice are inextricably linked. Her current work in the labor movement allows Sudha to connect these issues together on a regular basis.
Sudha joined the board of OneAmerica (at the time, Hate Free Zone) because of her experiences growing up as the daughter of immigrant parents. After 9/11 and the rise in hate crimes and shifts in attitudes towards South Asians, Sudha wanted to have a more active role in the politics and policies around immigrant issues. Sudha believes in building power for the immigrant community and is appreciative of the opportunity to serve on the board of one of the most effective movement-focused organizations. Sudha also serves as a board member of OneAmerica Votes and has authored two articles for Grist.org, one about connecting the environmental movement and immigration reform and the other comparing the immigration movement's response to AZ's SB 1070 and the environmental community's response to the gulf oil spill.