Board of Directors

<strong>Yasho Lahiri</strong>
Yasho LahiriBoard Chair

Yasho Lahiri is a Partner in the Corporate group and Global Investment Funds practice in the New York office of DLA Piper LLP (US), where he directs its Institutional Investor Practice. DLA Piper is a global law firm with over 4,000 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It strives to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to its clients. Yasho has almost a quarter century of experience as a business lawyer.

Yasho was born in Kolkata, India, and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lusaka, Zambia. He moved to the United States with his parents during high school, and is intimately familiar with the challenges facing Bengali-speaking and other immigrants to the United States.

<strong>Lisa Khandhar</strong>
Lisa KhandharBoard Vice Chair
Lisa Khandhar is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education’s New York Office for Civil Rights. Prior to joining the Department of Education, Lisa was an Advisor for the United Nations Permanent Mission of the Maldives, where she engaged in human rights work, with a focus on the rights on women and children. Lisa is committed to advocating for the rights of women and helped found the Women’s Committee of the South Asian Bar Association of New York. She is a graduate of NYU School of Law and Binghamton University. Lisa strongly believes in the work that Sapna does to empower women by giving them access to information, resources, and community, while focusing on their individualized familial and cultural needs.
<strong>Kalpana Nagampalli</strong>
Kalpana Nagampalli

Kalpana Nagampalli is an attorney at Feldman Law Group and is experienced in handling complex intellectual property issues involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights for a broad range of domestic and international clients, from large corporations to start-ups. As a student at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Indian Society’s Law College, Kalpana volunteered her legal services for non-profit organizations in U.S. and India. She believes in supporting the South Asian community through volunteering, donations and advocating for women rights.

<strong>Neeta Jain</strong>
Neeta Jain

Neeta Jain is a Program Manager for the Ad technology Platform at Amazon, where her focus has been to build technology products that will ultimately not only streamline end users’ ecommerce experience but also simplify their day-to-day lives. She graduated from University of Delaware in 2006 with a Masters in Computer Science degree. Since then, her professional career has spanned within the technology space, starting as a Software Engineer at a Silicon Valley startup to now in the Product Management team at Amazon New York.

Neeta is deeply committed to improving gender diversity in STEM fields within schools, specifically in the Computer Science program as well as in technology companies. She was an active member of the Computer Science girls club, CISTERS during her graduate school. Currently, Neeta is championing the Girls Who Code partnership at the Amazon New York location in summer 2017.

Her other interests include sports and dance, from the perspective of using these activities as tools to change the body language and empower women and young girls with confidence. In the past, she has also supported Women’s Education Project, NY and ASHA for Education, NY in their fundraisers. In 2016, she was part of the host committee for Sapna’s annual fundraiser, Festival of Dreams.

<strong>Debarati Roy</strong>
Debarati Roy

Debarati Roy is a journalist with Bloomberg News. Born and raised in India, she is a graduate of Sophia College in Mumbai, and earned a Masters Degree in economics from Bombay University. Debarati volunteered with India’s National Social Service, where she taught at an orphanage. She has also worked with and counseled patients at drug treatment facilities. Debarati started in journalism as a freelance reporter in India covering the film industry. She was employed by various publications before joining Bloomberg in 2004. She has worked with Kallol Women’s Forum, a non-profit focused on raising money for under-privileged children in India.

<strong>Ravali Parsa</strong>
Ravali Parsa

Ravali focuses on client services and business development activities at Pantheon Ventures in New York City. She covers large public pension plans throughout the United States. She was previously at Credit Suisse in Investment Banking focusing on Technology, Media and Telecom group. She graduated from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a major in Finance and a minor in public policy and management. In addition to her work with Sapna as their Fundraising Chair, Ravali is involved in Student Sponsorship Group and Minds Matter.

<strong>Meghana Shah</strong>
Meghana Shah
Meghana is a partner in the Litigation department at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in New York City where she represents clients in large commercial matters and in global investigations. She has pursued human-rights related pro bono work throughout her career, both representing individuals seeking political asylum in the United States and providing legal services for a number of organizations including Lawyers Without Borders and the Cherish the Children Foundation. Meghana was also a founding member of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC). Meghana is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
<strong>Tania Khan</strong>
Tania Khan
Tania is Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at New York Life Insurance Company where her practice focuses on commercial real estate finance and equity transactions. Outside of her real estate practice, she is an active member of New York Life’s OGC Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Asian American Employee Networking Group and serves as a mentor in the LEAD Diversity Mentoring Program. She has pursued her interest in issues impacting immigrant communities in the US and abroad for many years, including prior work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the UK, Human Rights Watch and the Immigration Affairs Department of former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Tania is a native New Yorker of Bangladeshi heritage and graduate of Barnard College and Georgetown University Law Center.
<strong>Jean Burg</strong>
Jean BurgCo-founder/Former Board Member
Jean Burg is a family physician. Dr. Burg is the Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in the North Bronx Health Care Network. She provides primary care services and conducts community research in the Bronx community. She is a founder of Sapna NYC

Meet Our Staff

<strong>Alison Karasz</strong>
Alison KaraszExecutive Director and Co-Founder
Alison Karasz is a clinical psychologist and health researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has been providing clinical services and conducting research on South Asian women’s health for the past 15 years. She is a founder of Sapna NYC.
<strong>Gulshan Ara Chowdhury</strong>
Gulshan Ara ChowdhuryCommunity Health Worker
Gulshan Ara Chowdhury works as a Community Health Worker for Sapna NYC while also serving as the current president of Mothers’ Club. A mother of two, she is an active volunteer for her son’s school and the American Cancer Society. Gulshan loves working with people, and wants to help all women feel empowered to do something with their lives.
<strong>Margia Shriti</strong>
Margia ShritiProject Assistant
Margia Shiriti is a senior at Baruch College. She is the Creative Director of Bangladesh Academy of Fine Arts (BAFA), a performing arts institution which specializes in Kathak and Bangladeshi folk dance. She is also the co-founder of BBWA, an organization which works with immigrant populations to promote legal awareness and financial independence by hosting public events and seminars. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, Margia taught SHSAT courses in an effort to provide opportunities for quality education to children from lower income families. A Psychology major, she has conducted research on child and adult development and plans to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.