Executive Director | Founder
City Health Works
Manmeet Kaur founded City Health Works in 2012 to create a business case for the integration of local health coaches into the U.S healthcare system. Prior, she was an advisor to the One Million Community Health Worker Campaign and worked on community health and workforce initiatives in South Africa (Mamelani Projects), India (LabourNet) and NYC (the Brennan Center for Justice). In her time abroad Manmeet saw the potential for reverse innovation from lower cost health systems when applied to the U.S.
Manmeet’s work has been featured in PBS Newshour, The Economist, NPR, Generations, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Commonwealth Fund, the NY Daily News, the Brookings Institution, NationSwell, and more. She earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College. Manmeet is currently a Janice Nittoli Practitioner Fellow at the Urban Institute and a Draper Richard Kaplan Social Entrepreneur; she has formerly served as a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, a GLG Social Impact Fellow, and a Third Millennium Human Rights Fellow. She serves on the Board of the Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization, and as an Advisory Board Member to the Sikh Family Center. Manmeet was born and raised in New York; she lives in New York with her husband, mother and two energetic sons.
Nancy K.D. Lemon, the John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer at UC
Berkeley School of Law, has committed her legal career to improving safety in
the family home. She received a BA in Women's Studies with honors in 1975 from
University of California at Santa Cruz. She graduated from Boalt Hall School of
Law (UC Berkeley) in 1980, and has specialized in domestic violence legal issues
ever since. She has taught Domestic Violence Law at Boalt since 1988. Her
textbook, Domestic Violence Law (3rd edition by West, 2009) is the first
published curriculum on this topic and is used in law schools around the US. She
also teaches a Domestic Violence Practicum class at Boalt, and with her students
has written many amicus briefs. In 2013, she was awarded the John and Elizabeth
Boalt Lecturer status to honor her many years of service. She has represented
hundreds of battered women obtaining restraining orders and advocated for them
with the civil and criminal justice systems. She has interviewed well over 1500
victims of domestic violence starting in 1979. Ms. Lemon has worked with other
attorneys as a trial consultant, and has worked since 1995 as an expert witness
in hundreds of civil, criminal, and asylum cases on domestic violence issues. As
of January 2013, she has testified in over 60 cases. In 2012, Ms. Lemon also
co-founded the non-profit Family Violence Appellate Project, and currently
serves as its Legal Director.
She has written curricula for new judges
and court employees, as well as a benchbook for California criminal court
judges. She has trained hundreds of judges, police officers, prosecutors, court
employees, custody evaluators, mediators, social workers, and domestic violence
advocates on domestic violence dynamics and laws. Ms. Lemon has worked on
numerous pieces of legislation in the California legislature. For fourteen years
she was an Associate Editor of Domestic Violence Report, a bimonthly national
publication. She has published many books and articles in this field.
Nitasha Kaur Sawhney is an equity partner in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles offices of Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP. She specializes in labor and employment and education law and also serves as legal counsel to public agencies throughout California, particularly to educational institutions.
Natiasha frequently speaks and provides training on Sexual Harassment and Retaliation prevention, Workplace Investigations, Documenting Employee Conduct, Labor Management, ethics and post-9/11 hate crimes and bullying. She also served as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs. She was initially appointed to the Commission in 2006 and was reappointed in 2010 by the Speaker of the State Assembly.
Nitasha currently serves on the Board of Directors of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national civil rights organization dedicated to raising the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations in the United States. Nitasha also serves on the legal advisory council of the Sikh Coalition and as a volunteer with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF).
Nitasha received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Inder Jit Singh brings vast personal and professional
experience, as well as a ready wit and enduring curiosity,
to the SFC advisory board. Dr. Singh came to the United
States in 1960 on a Murry & Leonie Guggenheim Foundation
fellowship. After decades of mentoring and inspiring
students, he is now a Professor Emeritus, anatomical
sciences, New York University. He severs as a trustee of the
MBSK Foundation; on the advisory board of United Sikhs; and
on the Board of Directors of the Sikh Research Institute. He
also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Sikh
Review (Calcutta). His books, including "Sikhs and Sikhism:
A View With a Bias" and "Being & Becoming a Sikh," highlight
his journey as a Sikh in North America. Inder Jit Singh is a
regular columnist on the online magazine sikhchic and has
lectured extensively on interfaith issues.
Dr. Molina Kaur brings broad medical and community
service experience to the board. Molina is a podiatrist in private practice on
Olympia, WA where she has been practicing for the last 15 years. She was raised
in Seattle and received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She
received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from California College of Podiatric
Medicine in San Francisco, CA. She also serves on the Board of the Washington
State Podiatric Medical Association and is currently the Chair person of the
Committee for Legislative Affairs. She and her husband are blessed with three
children. She is a very active volunteer in the Sikh community in Seattle area
helping to organize different events such as medical camps, breast cancer
screenings, blood drives, workshops and education events for the broader
community. Molina is also involved in the planning and teaching Gurmukhi and
Sikh History at the Khalsa Gurmat School in Renton, WA.
Inni Kaur, based in Connecticut, brings to SFC her years of organizing and
inspiring children and the child within adults alike. She is the Vice President
of Spectrum Communications, an advertising and corporate design firm. A
published poet, Kaur is an active participant in Sikh community affairs, raising
awareness on many key faith and women's issues. She is on the editorial board of
Nishaan, a magazine celebrating Sikh Heritage and culture and is an active board
member of the Interfaith Council of Southern Connecticut. She also serves on the
boards of the MBSK Foundation, Namaskaar Foundation and Sikh Research Institute.
Committed to inspiring young people, Kaur has authored Journey with the Gurus, a
children's book series about the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev. Born and
raised in Kuwait, Inni Kaur lived in New Zealand, Australia and Greece before
moving to the United States in 1982. She resides with her husband in Fairfield,