Jyotswaroop Kaur Bawa is the Deputy Director of Organizational Development at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) where she works closely with the Executive team to ensure that the organization runs smoothly and fulfills its mission. She leads the development of a new initiative to engage in political accountability work at CIPC and drives the vision for its burgeoning organizational brand and profile. Since joining CIPC in 2016, Jyotswaroop has led the work to establish CIPC as an independently operating 501c3 non profit organization. As the organization doubled in size in just one year, Jyotswaroop played a key role in strategic planning. She established teams, workflow and internal information systems.
The experience of immigrating from Punjab, India to Los Angeles at fourteen fuels Jyotswaroop’s passion for immigrant rights. She brings over 15 years of experience in education, economic and social justice work. Prior to joining CIPC, Jyotswaroop developed two national civic engagement and leadership development programs for Sikh Americans with unprecedented achievements, particularly in Washington D.C. During the height of the economic recession as people lost their homes to banks, and immigrants were routinely threatened by landlords, Jyotswaroop, then the Associate Director at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), led the organization to generate influential tenant rights campaigns in South Los Angeles. Prior to her return to the west coast, Jyotswaroop spent three years advocating for South Asian immigrant survivors of domestic violence in New York City’s public assistance offices, and built inroads for new immigrants to have access to the city’s workforce development institutions. Directly out of college, she taught English in a public middle school for at risk youth in a rural town in Japan for two years, developing her appreciation for unique experiences in other countries, and learning to engage people across cultural differences.
Jyotswaroop holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and Policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She earned her B.A. in English from the University of California Irvine. In her spare time, she enjoys 90’s hip-hop, well written TV shows, and riding her bike around her hometown, Los Angeles.