Sudha Nandagopal is a connector, organizer, strategist, and community builder working at the intersection of racial and social justice. She focuses on examining systems of power and shifting power outward to those most affected by issues of inequity and injustice. In her career in strategic communications, campaigns and politics, and through her leadership as a board member for movement-building organizations like OneAmerica, Sudha has developed expertise in engagement with a particular focus on building power with communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and individuals with limited-English proficiency.
Most recently, Sudha co-created and led the first-of-its kind City of Seattle’s Equity & Environment Initiative, where she worked to ensure that those most affected by environmental challenges were at the center of decision-making and leading environmental work. This work served as a model to city governments around the country who were seeking practical ways to center racial equity in their work. In this role, Sudha was an active member of the Urban Sustainability Director Network (USDN) and The Funders’ Network Partners’ for Places program, where she worked with other City governments, consultants, community leaders, and foundations to support systemic change, identify ways to shift power, and figure out frameworks for collaborative governance of resources.
Sudha is a thought leader in the field of racial justice and a published author with Grist.org and the Seattle Globalist, an expert consultant for foundations, other governments, and national environmental organizations. Sudha served as the Board President for OneAmerica Votes, an organization focused on building political power for immigrants and refugees, electing progressive people of color to office, and advancing policy related to racial, immigration, environmental, and social justice.
Sudha graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society and a specialization in environment, policy, and writing. She is the third daughter of immigrant parents from India and grew up in Spokane, WA. She is an expert consultant on racial equity and strategy to other organizations, foundations and governments, and a thought leader who has written for publications such as and the Seattle Globalist. Grist Magazine also recognized Sudha as one of 50 “innovators, organizers, and visionaries who will lead us toward a more sustainable future.” Grist.org
Sudha joined the SVPI team on February 1, 2019.
“I am thrilled to join the SVP community as SVPI continues to expand our focus to community-driven impact. Given the scale of the challenges our communities face, it is more important than ever to learn and experiment together to democratize power and make philanthropy more accountable to those who are most impacted by systems of oppression. I look forward to collaborating and continuing to grow our movement and I am deeply appreciative of the SVPI board and staff for putting their trust in me during this pivotal moment for the organization and network.”
— Sudha Nandagopal
Read Sudha’s welcome announcement by SVP International Board Chair, search committee co-chair and SVP Seattle Partner Sofia Michelakis.