OUR TEAM

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AMIT JANI
President

Amit Jani currently serves in Governor Phil Murphy’s Administration in New Jersey. He has also served as the Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach for the Murphy-Oliver Gubernatorial Campaign, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

He previously served as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. in New Jersey’s Sixth Congressional District. Prior to this role, he worked in a legislative capacity for Congresswoman Judy Chu in Washington, D.C., as well as the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). He has also served as Committeeman for the Middlesex County Democratic Committee and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation.

Given the lack of South-Asian American representation in government and politics, Amit was inspired to create a non-profit organization to increase his community’s involvement in this sector. In 2015, he helped to found the New Jersey Leadership Program, which helps to place South-Asian youth in local government summer internships, while teaching them about the government, politics and community engagement.

Amit is a native of Jersey City, where he currently resides. He is also an alumnus of Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and a proud Scarlet Knight. Amit is a Contributor to the Huffington Post and was named as a “30 Under 30 in New Jersey Politics” by Observer Magazine. He hosts a podcast called Politics and Spice, which can be found on all major podcast providers.

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KRISTIAN STOUT
Vice President

Kristian Stout, Associate Director at the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), has expertise in technology and innovation policy. As a technology professional and entrepreneur for over ten years, Kristian’s scholarship is influenced by a practical understanding of the challenges facing innovators in the modern economy. He works on policy areas that include intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and Internet governance.

Kristian, a contributor to TheHill.com, and a fellow in the Internet Law & Policy Foundry, has previously been a lecturer in the computer science department of Rutgers University, is frequently invited to speak on law and technology topics, and has been published in law journals and legal treatises. Kristian is an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, is counsel at A&S Technologies, a software services firm, is a member of the NJ State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and sits on the boards of CodedByKids, a nonprofit organization that provides STEM education to underprivileged children and the New Jersey Leadership Program, a nonprofit devoted to helping South Asian youth gain practical experience in politics and policy.

Kristian graduated magna cum laude from the Rutgers University School of law, served on the editorial board of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy, and was additionally awarded a Governor’s Executive Fellowship from the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

You may follow him on Twitter at and view his scholarship at ICLE.

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HENAL PATEL
General Counsel

Henal Patel is an Associate in the Firm’s labor and employment group.

Ms. Patel graduated from Rutgers University in 2009, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and History. In 2013, Ms. Patel received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal and was a member of the Moot Court Board. While in law school, Ms. Patel served as an assistant to Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. in his capacity as Chairman of the New Jersey Redistricting Commission. She also interned for the Honorable Joseph Conte, J.S.C, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Office of Legislative Services. Ms. Patel was a Kinoy-Stavis Public Interest Fellow and an Eagleton Institute of Politics Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow. At commencement, Ms. Patel was awarded the Judge J. Skelly Wright Prize, honoring the graduate who contributed the most to the civil rights, civil liberties, and human affairs of his or her fellow citizens during his or her law school career.

Ms. Patel had the honor of serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Stuart J. Rabner, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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KARAN VIRMANI
Treasurer

Karan Virmani is the Chief Financial Officer for Profreight Brokers Inc, in Edison NJ as well as fulfilling the 2 positions of Secretary and Treasurer on the company’s Board. Profreight Brokers Inc. is a Customs House Brokerage that has been in business for 30 years and works hand in hand with US Customs in order to complete all documentation for Imports and Exports between the United States of America and the rest of the world. Karan has served in a similar role for his previous employers and has been in the Accounting and Finance world for over 15 years. Having moved to USA from his native New Delhi, India back in October 2003, Karan has worked with various small to mid-sized companies in order to streamline and formulate procedures and policies that have resulted in each organization bettering their financial health and being more stable and profitable. 

Karan also strongly believes in giving back to the community and is always available to help be a mentor. He sits on the Board for SKN Foundation, a South Asian Non Profit Organization that deals in the Diabetes, Heart Disease and special needs space for the South Asian community, as well as being a Board Member for the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey.

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VINAY LIMBACHIA
Director of Programming and Stakeholder Relations

Vinay Limbachia is a litigation associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Vinay served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patty Shwartz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Alvin W. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.  He also spent two years in the litigation department of another international law firm, where his practice focused on commercial litigation, criminal investigations, and pro bono immigration work. Vinay received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Philosophy and Religion from Rutgers University, where he was awarded the William H.S. Demarest Scholarship, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as the Comments Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law and on the executive board for the Penn Law Mock Trial Association.

Vinay was born and raised in Edison and currently resides in Harrison.  He is an at-large member of the Alumni Leaders Council of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, for which he also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee; a 2019 New Leaders Council of New Jersey Fellow; and a volunteer in the government relations department of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a global Hindu denomination dedicated to fostering the ideals of service and devotion.

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JULIA CLAY
Art Director

Julia Clay has over 12 years of experience in graphic design, website development and visual graphics management. Her portfolio includes a broad array of graphic design work in cross-sectors including non-profits, politics and campaigning, government, and fashion.

Julia is formally trained in graphic design, with an Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.S.) in Graphic Design and a Diploma in Commercial and Advertising Art. Samples of her work can be found here.

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HENAH PARIKH
Marketing Director

Henah Parikh is the Development and Communications Manager at She’s the First, a global nonprofit fighting gender inequality through girls’ rights and education. Henah spearheads individual giving, the monthly giving community, social and web communications, and grassroots campaigns.

In addition to her work with She’s the First, Henah is a Co-Chair of Women Advancing Microfinance NY and a Staff Writer for The Good Trade, a global publication focused on socially conscious businesses and brands. She also sits on the board of the New Jersey Leadership Program.

She is a proud graduate of Rutgers University, and holds a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship. She resides in Jersey City with her fiance and two pets.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL

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Shariq Ahmad
Chairman, Edison Democratic Organization

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Brittany Aydelotte
Manager for the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, The College of New Jersey

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Sonia Das
Vice President of Government Affairs, Advocacy & Management Group

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Neha Dewan
Co-Chair,
South Asians For America

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Sangeeta Doshi Councilwoman, Cherry Hill Township Council

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Tara Dowdell
Principal, TDG Marketing and Strategic Consulting Former Director of Appointments, Gov. Jim McGreevey

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Vin Gopal
State Senator, New Jersey 11th Legislative District

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Balpreet Grewal-Virk
Vice Chair, Bergen County Democratic Organization

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Ayesha Hamilton Councilwoman, West Windsor Township

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S. Nadia Hussain Campaign Director for Maternal Justice, Moms Rising Board of Directors Trustee, ACLU

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Nisha Jain
The Washington Leadership Program

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Raj Parikh
Partner, Genoa Burns

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Satish Poondi
Partner, Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer

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Dan Schuberth Councilman, Robbinsville Township Council

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Amman Seehra
Founder and President, ONE Project

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Ritesh Shah
Chairman, South Asian Registration Initiative

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Ishan Shah
Former Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bob Hugin for Senate
Former Director for Office of Planning, Governor Chris Christie

 

FORMER MEMBERS

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Assad Akhter
Freeholder, Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders Deputy Chief of Staff, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.

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Dan Benson Assemblyman, New Jersey Legislative District 14

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Mark Caliguire
(2015 – 2016)
Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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Kris Kolluri
Chief Executive Officer, Rowan University-Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors

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S. Floyd Mori
President & CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS)

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John F. K. Oberdiek
(2015 – 2016)
Acting Dean, Rutgers Law School