About Us

Serving the Chicago area community

South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established in 2001 with the mission to serve South Asian Americans in the Chicago area, by using research to formulate equitable and socially responsible policy recommendations. SAAPRI’s work has included research and policy initiatives on civic engagement, hate crimes, access to health care, economic development, and immigration.

SAAPRI conducts research on emerging issues of importance to South Asian Americans in response to community needs. Projects are designed to create dialogue and better understanding, drawing from SAAPRI’s expertise in community-based research and collaborations with partner organizations, academic institutions, and community members.

SAAPRI advances public policy by responding to community issues and formulating data-driven solutions. SAAPRI voices the community’s concerns to public officials at the local, state, and national levels; conducts outreach to community members and media; works strategically in cross-racial coalitions; hosts public forums; and participates in speaking engagements to various audiences.

SAAPRI is proud to be supported by individual donors, community organizations, state and local institutions, and foundations.

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Veer Kothari

SAAPRI Board Member

Aditi Singh

SAAPRI Board Member

Harish Patel

SAAPRI Board Member

Tejas Shah

SAAPRI Board Member

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 […]

Sanjana Lakshmi

Communications & Development Intern

Sanjana Lakshmi is a rising senior at Northwestern University studying Political Science and Legal Studies and is from the Bay Area, California. Her interests lie in issues of race, gender, class and their intersections. She has been published in Brown Girl Magazine and The Daily Northwestern on a range of socio-cultural issues affecting people of […]

Zahra Saylawala

Community Research Fellow

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 […]

K. Sujata

SAAPRI Founder / Advisor to SAAPRI Board

Sujata has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Illinois. She moved into management of non-profits after several years experience in manufacturing industries. She has developed collaborations with universities in Chicago to add to the knowledge and information about South Asian victims of domestic violence. She has been invited to speak locally and nationally on issues affecting […]

Ann Lata Kalayil

SAAPRI Founder / Board Chair

Ann Lata Kalayil has a Ph.D. in History from University of Wisconsin at Madison. As a Board member of several organizations, both community service and advocacy based, she has been active in Chicago’s Indian American and Asian American community. She has conducted diversity training and spent over a decade advocating in the areas of economic […]