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Prachi Patankar

Educator

Born and raised in rural India, Prachi was raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in anti-caste, feminist, and peasant movements. Over two decades in New York City, she has been an activist, educator, grantmaker, and writer involved in social movements that link the local and the global, police brutality and war, migration and militarization, race and caste, women of color feminism and global gender justice. Prachi most recently served as the program director for social justice at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, leading grant-making for criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and locally-led work in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Prior to that, Prachi was the senior program officer at Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she helped create and implement grant programs through a racial justice lens. Prachi currently leads the South and Southeast Asia portfolio at the Foundation for a Just Society. Through work with the South Asia Solidarity Initiative and the Afghan Women’s Mission, she has been involved in creative projects to link social justice movements between the United States and Asia. Prachi believes in the vital power of intersectional and international visions and strategies, which resonate across Dalit rights and Black lives, migrant justice and gender justice, to build bottom-up change from the local to the global.