Our Board


Aseem Chipalkatti - Board President

Aseem Chipalkatti is a Seattle native who is excited to advocate for and promote the goals of the South Asian and overarching AAPI communities in his hometown. He sees SAATWA as one of the many nascent efforts nationwide to transform the South Asian community into a potent political force. He has worked in politics  in Philadelphia, Sacramento, and the Greater Seattle Area. As a proud Venture for America alumnus, Aseem has worked for startups in both Philadelphia and St. Louis. He received a BA from Claremont McKenna College, and is finishing his JD at UPenn.

K. Jennifer Johal - Board Vice President

Jenn has a focus in Health Advocacy and Child Development. Currently, she works at LifeCenter Northeast as a Hospital Development Coordinator, supporting Seattle area Hospitals in organ and tissue donation services. Jenn is a Seattle native and grew up in a Punjabi community, unengaged in community advocacy and outreach and is excited to be a part of SAATWA as an organization which can empower communities, like the Punjabi community, to learn to speak up!

Ronak Patel, PhD

Dr. Patel has a strong background in education, including time as a high school teacher, an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University, and a consultant. His research interests include areas of cultural competency, racism, and equity in educational institutions. He is currently a Senior Researcher for the BERC Group, an educational research firm. Dr. Patel has been involved with IAWW since he was a teenager. He has attended Camp Bharat as a counselor, worked as Youth Program Adviser, and served on the Executive Board. He brings his research and education expertise to help SAATWA move forward on both educational and racial justice fronts.

Lalita Uppala

Lalita is currently the Director of Indian Association of Western Washington (IAWW) Community Program, a Commissioner of the WA State Commission on Asia Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) and a Trustee of the King County Library System. Lalita has her Masters of sciences in Environmental Health and Toxicology. Lalita is thrilled to be engaged with SAATWA to promote more community Advocacy and Engagement.

Bios Coming Soon:

Ankit Patel, ESQ.

Sriram Rajagopalan

Krishnan Menon

Bankim Shah