Executive Director, Asian American Futures

Reshma Shamasunder

Reshma Shamasunder is the Executive Director of Asian American Futures, a nonprofit organization that aims to ensure that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are an essential part of the American narrative.

Previously, Reshma served as Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center from 2003 to 2015. Under Reshma’s leadership, CIPC helped to spearhead many successful campaigns at the state level, including placing limits on cooperation between local law enforcement and immigration authorities, preserving important health and human service programs, winning driver’s licenses for all Californians, and furthering important immigrant integration efforts.

Reshma served on the boards of Health Access California and the South Asian Network in Los Angeles and was an inaugural fellow with the Rockwood Fellowship for a New California, a leadership program for California’s immigrant rights leaders. Reshma has also received numerous awards for her leadership on immigrant issues, and consulted with philanthropy, advocacy and grassroots partners on policy campaigns and issues that benefit low income, immigrant, and vulnerable communities. She has also served as the Director of Benefits Policy and Government Affairs at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and also worked for several years on child labor issues in India. Reshma holds a Bachelors Degree from UCLA and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).