Expertise: Race and ethnicity, religion, federal courts
Anisha Singh is the senior organizing director for Generation Progress, the youth-engagement arm of American Progress. In this capacity, Singh develops national organizing strategies to bring the experiences of 18- to 35-year-olds to on-the-ground actions in target states. In doing so, she helps shape issue-based campaigns across the multi-issue organization to incorporate the youth perspective into the national conversation, on topics ranging from economic stability, gun violence prevention, judicial nominees, anti-Muslim bigotry, criminal justice reform, health care, immigration, voting rights, and reproductive rights. Singh also leads the planning and implementing of training programs to grow and mobilize young activists and leaders to take action in their communities.
Prior to joining Generation Progress, Singh served as the campaign manager for Legal Progress at American Progress. There, she shaped the conversation around the nation’s judicial process by managing unprecedented grassroots organization efforts across the country to educate Americans on the need to fill judicial vacancies with diverse, progressive judges so that historic backlogs can be remedied and cases can be heard in a timely manner.
She previously served as a policy attorney and project manager for United Sikhs, where she focused on human and civil rights advocacy on behalf of minority communities internationally, with an emphasis on post-9/11 discrimination concerns. She single-handedly managed the Washington, D.C., chapter, cultivating key relationships with the White House and on Capitol Hill, and founded United Sikhs’ national Anti-Bullying Campaign to proactively assist victims of bullying through presentations and resources in partnership with the White House Anti-Bullying Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education. As counsel for United Sikhs, Singh won a historic anti-discrimination case against the U.S. Army, and prior to that, as a student at the University of Virginia School of Law Immigration Law Clinic, she won a case as counsel for female clients seeking legal status under the Violence Against Women Act, both of which landed national media attention.
Singh brings with her more than a decade of experience in public interest and social justice work, as well as a strong grassroots organizing background. Singh’s legal background includes immigration, employment discrimination, labor, civil rights, international criminal justice, and trial advocacy.
Singh received her B.A. with summa cum laude honors in political science and communication studies from Florida State University and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30″ for law and policy in 2016.