Who We Are

South Asian American Foundation Bay Area (SAAFBA) is a 501(c)4 nonprofit founded in 2017. We are non-partisan and secular, established to promote civic engagement, education, and representation among South Asian Americans living in the Bay Area, CA.

SAAFBA’s Vision is a politically involved South Asian community that participates in the most important decision-making processes of American society. At the local, county, and state level, we seek to ensure that our voices, values, and contributions are fairly represented.

Our Mission

educate the South Asian American community about election cycles, candidates and issues

engage South Asians in civic life to build coalitions around shared values and goals

be a source of news, updates, and resources about issues that directly affect South Asians

Who are South Asians?

South Asians are from ethnic backgrounds that trace back to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It also includes members of the South Asian diaspora - past generations of South Asians who previously settled in other parts of the world before immigrating to the United States.

There are over 4.3 million South Asians living in the U.S. The South Asian community in the San Francisco Bay Area is among largest in the country. As a result, South Asians are an increasing segment of the American electorate, with U.S. citizens of voting age increasing up to 471% since 2000.

Boardmembers

(bios coming soon)

Smruti Aravind

Rachel Cusing

Aneesha Patnaik

Chandan Singh

Nick Taylor

COO - Rishabh Singh