SAAPRI Board of Directors

Ann Lata Kalayil

SAAPRI Founder, Board Chair

Ann P. Kalayil is the Bureau Chief of Asset Management for the Cook County government. She was named by President Obama as the Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region in January 2011. Prior to this appointment, Ann worked for more than 18 years at the University of Chicago in Information Technology Services. She has taught courses at DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ann received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Northeastern Illinois University, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012, Ann received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Northeastern Illinois University. Ann serves on the Board at Presence St. Francis Hospital, was appointed by Governor Rauner to the Illinois Community College Board, and is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She has spent years advocating for the Asian American and South Asian American community to gain more access to our political system. Ann is a co-founder of SAAPRI.

Padma Rangaswamy

SAAPRI Founder, Board Member

Padma Rangaswamy has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an historian and author. Among her major publications are Namasté America: Indian Immigrants in an American Metropolis, a comprehensive study of Asian Indian immigration, and Indian Americans, a secondary level reader chronicling the achievements and hardships of Indian immigrants in North America. She has taught courses on Immigration History, World History and Global Cultures at Chicago-area universities, including University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and Loyola University. Padma is also a founder member and on the Board of Trustees of the Indo-American Heritage Museum, a non-profit dedicated to preserving, documenting and promoting the understanding of Indian American history and culture.

Aditi Singh is an attorney at Chicago Appleseed where she works on Access to Justice and Criminal Justice issues. Prior to joining Chicago Appleseed, Aditi was a Staff Attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights where she protected and promoted access to education for court-involved youth in the Chicago-area. In addition to being a SAAPRI Board member, she is also a Collective Member of Chicago Desi Youth Rising, an organization that runs a leadership retreat for South Asian youth who want to grow as change-makers. Aditi earned her B.A. in World Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.