Seema Agnani has nearly 20 years of experience working in the community development and immigrant rights sectors. She has focused primarily on the challenges of providing housing, economic opportunity, and support systems for new immigrants.
Agnani is executive director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, which works with New Yorkers of South Asian origin to advocate for and build economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities. She is a founder and former executive director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation, which is a member of the National CAPACD.
Agnani was formerly the coordinating consultant to the Fund for New Citizens at the New York Community Trust, where she managed a donor collaborative of more than 20 foundations that support immigrant rights work in New York City. She also served as the director of training and technical assistance at Citizens Committee for NYC.
In the mid-1960s, Agnani’s parents emigrated from India to Chicago, where she was raised and earned a master’s degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.