Communications Director

Office: Oakland

Sumeet Bal

Sumeet Kaur Bal is the Communications Director at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) where she provides vision, strategy, and leadership to a team that spearheads the organization’s narrative and storytelling work across multi-platforms. As such, Sumeet leads groundbreaking research on messaging for immigrant rights movement building. She curates diverse immigrant stories to highlight the need for key statewide legislation and policy change in health, detention & deportation, and economic justice issue areas. Her work centers the lived experience of immigrants in California and creates belonging for new Americans. Sumeet guides CIPC’s communications strategy to show the impact of injustice and promote positive immigrant narratives for cultural change that is essential for equity.

Sumeet is a first-generation American who is passionate about telling stories, inspiring change, and pushing her potential to get the job done. With over two decades of experience in media and nonprofits, her skills include impeccable writing and editing, developing digital mediums for organizations, managing teams for successful story placement, working with diverse coalitions, creating comprehensive communications strategies for campaigns, and fundraising, and conducting media trainings for leaders, advocates and allies in top markets like NY and LA. She was a notable leader on the team responsible for media outreach for the first-ever Sikh American float in the Rose Bowl Parade. Sumeet began her career in journalism at Entertainment Weekly. Mentored by top editors from Time, Inc. and The New York Times, and producers from The Today Show, ABC, and CBS, Sumeet has covered hard news, culture, and fashion for print and broadcast media.

Sumeet holds an M.S. in Broadcasting from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in Religion and Political Science from Duke University. A culture aficionado, Sumeet spends her free time with her partner, son, and friends checking out movies, theater, talks, museums, and literature, or taking long walks with her cavalier, Marley, in San Francisco.