Aparna Shah


Aparna has worked for social change and expanded democracy with immigrant and refugee low-income communities for over 22 years. Before becoming Senior Advisor, Aparna was Co-Executive Director of Power California and before that she was the Executive Director of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote starting in 2009. Under her leadership, MIV organized statewide campaigns reaching 275,000+ immigrant and refugee voters of color, built the long-term infrastructure and capacity of grassroots immigrant and refugee organizations across the state to run electoral and issue campaigns, and established a sister organization, the MIV Action Fund. Prior to Power California, Aparna worked to advance the self-determination and reproductive justice of women, people of color, and queer communities and spent several years working to transform a public middle school into a vibrant youth and community center in San Francisco’s Mission District. Aparna is a Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneers in Justice Fellow, sits on the Board of 18 Million Rising, and holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She was born in Manila, grew up in Mumbai, and now lives with her family in Oakland, CA.