Associate Project Director, New Americans Campaign

Medha Chandra is the Associate Director of the New Americans Campaign (NAC), a national initiative for which the ILRC serves as the lead agency. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The NAC brings together national and local organizations in partnership with a funder collaborative to increase naturalization among eligible lawful permanent residents. 

Medha, who joined the ILRC in 2020, worked for over thirteen years as policy advocate and organizer at the Pesticide Action Network (PAN). She worked on getting policy initiatives passed in the California legislature, as well as organizing campaign coalitions across California. She worked closely with farmworker organizations and others in the food system, where immigration issues are a significant challenge. She was also deeply involved in global social justice advocacy through the international network that PAN supports. She worked as an architect and urban designer in India before she moved to the U.S. She has published papers and reports on public health and governance issues.

Medha has a doctoral degree in urban governance from University College London, UK. She also holds a Masters degree in Urban Design and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture in India. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Bengali.