Nisha Anand is the CEO of Dream.org, a nonprofit organization that brings people together across racial, social and partisan lines to solve some of the toughest problems in the US and beyond. She is also the Political Director of Rebuild The Dream, an organization fighting for an economy that works for everyone. In essence, Nisha works at the intersection of criminal justice reform, green economics, and tech equity to create a better future for all.
Nisha has served as Chief of Staff to Van Jones, CNN commentator and NY Times Bestselling Author. Nisha is also a veteran fundraiser and consultant with decades of experience in nonprofit development and management. In 1998, Nisha was arrested for her activism – something that she shares more about in this episode.
Nisha Anand is a social justice activist and leader with over 20 years of experience.
She has seen movements and organizations rise and fall. She uses what she has learned to support leaders, organisers and changemakers.
In this episode, we dive deep into the ways we can have meaningful conversations and social justice movements in a highly polarised world. Nisha shares personal stories of what has shaped her as an activist and into becoming a bridge-builder. She speaks about her work with Dream.org.
“The humanity that connects us must be stronger than what has been created to divide us”.– Nisha Anand
This episode was recorded before Hamas attack on southern Israel and Israels bombardment of Gaza. Since then, we’ve witnessed an enormous increase in polarisation, Islamophobia and anti-semitism. Although this conversation doesn’t highlight this topic, it can help us to connect with the humanity in each other and give us strength to dare to have really difficult conversations.
Learn more about Nisha and her work here:
- Ted Talk: go.ted.com/nishaanand
- Justice Innovation Prize: https://www.justiceinnovationprize.org/
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