Meet Our Advisory Board

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Shanti Narra

Middlesex County Freeholder Shanti Narra chairs the County’s Public Safety and Health Committee. Freeholder Narra was appointed to the Board of Chosen Freeholders on Oct. 20, 2016, elected for a partial term in November 2017, and subsequently won election to her first full term on the Freeholder Board in November 2018. Since she joined the Board, she has maintained a strong commitment to provide the residents of Middlesex County with programs and resources that will ensure their safety and address their health and wellness needs.

 

Freeholder Narra is a longtime North Brunswick resident. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center. Currently, she is a practicing attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York, where she is a supervisor in the Criminal Defense Division.

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Ayesha Hamilton

Ayesha Hamilton is an employment attorney who was elected to serve a 4-year term on the West Windsor Township Council that was completed on December 31, 2019. In addition to her law practice, Ayesha serves as the vice chair and arbitrator for the NJ Supreme Court District Fee Arbitration Committee (District 11 (Mercer County).   She is a past chair of the AthenaPowerlink Governing Body which helps women owned businesses grow.  She is also a member of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Ayesha is the immediate past Chair of the Solo/Small Firm Section of the New Jersey State bar Association and also serves on the State Bar’s Legislative and Diversity Committees.  She was just elected to a two-year term to serve on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees. 

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Kiran Gill

Kiran Gill was the first President and founding member of ISAAW and current Executive Director of Sikh American Legal Defense Fund (SALDEF). An accomplished executive,  she was the former president and CEO of PARS Environmental, Inc., a full-service environmental consulting firm based in Robbinsville, New Jersey. In 2014, Kiran was selected as ”Small Business Person of the Year” by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). She represented the State of New Jersey at National SBA conference in Washington, D.C. Kiran was also selected among the Best 50 Women in Business by NJBiz and listed among the top 40 Entrepreneurs under 40 by NJBiz the same year. In 2018, Kiran was named among the top 50 most influential people of color in New Jersey by ROI-NJ.

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S. Nadia Hussain

S. Nadia Hussain is the Maternal Justice Campaign Director at MomsRising, where she works on policy advocacy around maternal health, reproductive justice, healthcare access, mass incarceration, and police reform.  She currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) as the Affiliate representative from the New Jersey ACLU Affiliate. On the ACLU-NJ Board, she also serves as Affiliate Equity Officer and is the co-founder of the Bangladeshi American Women's Development Initiative (BAWDi), a community initiative empowering Bangladeshi women and girls in NJ. Nadia was Program Director at the Andrew Goodman Foundation, where she developed and led their Vote Everywhere initiative, focusing on making voting more accessible for communities around the country. 

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Sadaf Jaffer

Sadaf Jaffer is the first South Asian American woman mayor of New Jersey (she's the mayor of Montgomery) and a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University.  In a series of firsts, Sadaf not only became the first South Asian American woman mayor in NJ, she was also the first Muslim woman. Jaffer’s career as an educator with a global perspective makes her uniquely qualified to foster civic engagement and unity among diverse populations.

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Sangeeta Doshi

Councilwoman Sangeeta Doshi has lived in Cherry Hill since 1996. She has been a member of the Domestic Violence Response Team, the Cherry Hill Planning Board and the Cherry Hill Zoning Board of Adjustment.  She has volunteered with Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League and Moms Demand for Action. She is an active member of the Human Relations Committee, Indian Cultural Center and Indian Temple Association.  Sangeeta serves on the District IV Legal Ethics Committee and on the advisory boards of Inspiring South Asian American Women, the New Jersey Leadership Program, the Asian American Alliance in South Jersey and the North South Foundation.  She has worked as a professional in the telecommunications sector and is a former small business owner.  She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Babson College. 

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Archana Grover

Councilwoman Grover is a councilwoman of South Brunswick.  Since 1999, she had been working as a shop steward for local unions in Middlesex County focusing on discrimination in the workplaces.

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Dr. Hetal Gor

Dr. Gor is the medical director of her practice, Women’s Own OBGYN, in Englewood, New Jersey, where she provides comprehensive gynecological care to a range of patients from adolescents to women facing menopause.  Dr. Gor has leveraged her training to champion women's rights, in particular, reproductive rights through her show on ITV and talk shows .  She has been appointed to the New Jersey Office on Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Commission.  

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Sonia Gawas

Sonia Gawas is a council member of West Windsor Township, who first ran for office, and won, in 2019.  Prior to her election, Ms. Gawas had been a PTA volunteer for five years serving on various committees and board positions including vice president of fundraising, Maurice Hawk PTA president and school district athletic task force member. She started Girl Scout Troop 70218 in 2016, is a former school board president at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church Cooperative Nursery School, and a former trustee of the at West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance.