Board of Directors
Anjali Rimi(She/They). Anjali is a proud South Asian Hindu woman of trans experience based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in India, blossomed in Canada, belonging in the United States. She oversees ParivarBayArea as the President/ CEO and also manages ParivarBazaar.com, a southasian online store by southasian trans folx.
Lana Patel (she/her) is an Afro Indo Caribbean woman from New York City and a transplant to Southern California. Lana is currently the Sr Community Coordinator for Plume, a digital Healthcare company for trans people made by trans people. Prior to her role at Plume Lana worked in non profit with a focus on LGBTQ Healthcare and Transgender Services in the Southern California region.
Raj Rao (he/him) is a gay ABCD originally from Albuquerque, NM. After obtaining his BA at USC, Raj spent two years in Taipei and Singapore before returning to the USA to pursue his MA and MBA at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey
Devesh Radhakrishnan (he/him) is a cis, gay Indian immigrant who has been affiliated with Parivar since 2019. He is the facilitator for our biweekly support group, Roobaroo. Devesh moved to the Bay Area after completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware and he works as a senior scientist at a biotech company in Marin, helping to manufacture therapies for rare genetic disorders.
Maanas Sharma (he/him)A queer Indian-American who grew up in Dallas, Texas. He's passionate about mathematics and data and using them as a tool for collective liberation, for all marginalized people. Maanas brings additional experience leading the Journal of Interdisciplinary Public Policy, organizing fundraisers like Countermelody, and grassroots efforts like Seeds2STEM.
Anisha Patel (they/she) is a non-binary, and grew up in Doha, Qatar. They are from Bangalore, India and currently work in Western MA, USA as a data scientist in the cybersecurity space. Anisha spends her time healing through art, movement, and writing.
Cheryl Lala-Chávez (she/her) is a first-generation Indo-Fijian American who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a youngster she excelled in golf, earning a golf scholarship to UC Berkeley, where she played collegiately for the Golden Bears. Cheryl holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University and is deeply rooted in anti-colonialist and anti-racist feminist equity.