Arju Nishimura, Grants and Program Coordinator
Grants and Program Coordinator

Arju joined the ILRC in December 2017 as the Grants and Program Coordinator. She works in support of grant initiatives and the Ready California program. Prior to working at the ILRC, Arju was employed as a Claims Specialist with the Social Security Administration, where she conducted application, case review, and appeal interviews with Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. Before that, Arju was a Preventative Health Educator with the Peace Corps in Senegal, working closely with local health workers to conduct educational programming about topics such as exclusive breastfeeding, reproductive health, and agricultural best practices. Arju holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Carleton College, and is conversant in French and Wolof.