Viji Sundaram is a San Francisco-based journalist.
She has an MS in Journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Stella Maris College in Chennai, India. A veteran journalist, she is currently the health editor with New America Media, a web-based news service for the ethnic media in the United States. Over the years, she has won eleven journalism awards, the majority of them for investigative reporting.
Sundaram is also the co-founder of Narika, a San Francisco Bay Area-based helpline for South Asian victims of domestic violence.
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Radha Savaram is a software professional in Southern California.
She attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Savaram grew up in a household full of cats and dogs in Chennai, India. She spent her summer vacations at her ancestral family farm in a village in southern India, where she observed at close quarters the interdependent, yet harmonious and respectful relationship between the farmer and his livestock. Later, she volunteered with animal welfare organizations.
At home, she indulges her pet cat, Kobe, and helps him with his blog.
Shobha Hiatt is a fundraising/ marketing professional and has worked with Bay Area nonprofits for over two decades. She is a co-founder of Narika, a helpline for abused South Asian women and was its executive director for several years.
Hiatt has served on the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the Development Executives Round table. She believes in the humane and compassionate treatment of all animals.
Asha DuMonthier is an Oakland-based researcher and advocate for social justice. Asha currently serves as the Research & Policy Associate at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) where she provides strategic research, data analysis, and policy development to EBASE campaigns. Asha holds a B.A. in Economics with a double major in Women and Gender Studies.
She is excited to contribute to CHAL-USA’s important work building healthy communities in India.
Tirumala Ranganath retired from the high-tech sector in Silicon Valley in 2015, after working variously as an engineer in such companies as Intel, Hewlett Packard and Agilent.
Over the years, he has supported a number of animal conservation and welfare organizations here in the U.S, in Africa and India. Now, he is eager to invest his time and energy in an “organization that is involved in improving the condition of stray dogs in India.”